NowFuture - 'Spy Killer'

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this afternoon’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on NowFuture, a Quebec-based rock outfit that subscribes to a bevy of sub-genres: crunch, metal, punk, and rockabilly, to name a few. Their fiery sound and horror-infused aesthetic meld together beautifully, making them one of the more fascinating, hard-hitting acts in the indie scene. Let’s delve into their new four track EP, ‘Spy Killer.’

The titular track is the EP’s introduction, an explosive jaunt through instrumental punk influence and lyrical metal inspiration. The track slaps the listener in the face from the get-go with heavily distorted, crunchy electric guitar and thunderous percussion. Lead vocalist Pete Moss is intensely aggressive, giving NowFuture’s sound a unique sense of authenticity. They’re leaving everything at the door. This is raw rock and roll. ‘Spy Killer,’ the song, is also an early exhibition of quality production on the EP.

There’s an anthemic nature to ‘Sweet Lovin’ Gone Bad,’ as if it's also doused in a bit of classic rock influence. It’s a song that sounds like a track off the cutting room floor between a collaboration with The Clash and Alice Cooper. The former has the punchy, punk persona, while the latter gives the sound a macabre aura that evokes the month of October. ‘Sweet Lovin’ Gone Bad’ is the kind of song you'd want to chant along with at a live concert.

‘I’m Bad News’ also sounds like a tune out of an Alice Cooper session, again, utilizing the chant-like, bombastic choruses. There is an 80s-style electric guitar riff slinking in and out of the soundscape on this track, too, which makes ‘Spy Killer’ increasingly eclectic as a whole. The culmination of influence on this EP is surprisingly cohesive and songs like ‘I’m Bad News’ are just plain fun. It’s easy to rock out to this kind of quick, wham, bam, thank you, ma’am rock music.

NowFuture saves what is perhaps their finest track for the EP’s finale, a song called ‘You Betrayed.’ The instrumentation is simply splendid, basking in the glory of an eerie, searing lead guitar performance. “Your face is but a mask,” Moss belts out in the album’s final statement of romance gone awry. (Or as they would put it, sweet lovin’ gone bad.) It’s fantastically enjoyable, foot-stomping punk coated in metal themes.

The band is offering their four track EP for a buck or more on Bandcamp, making it an endeavor worth supporting if you’re a fan of punk, hard rock, or metal music. NowFuture does an excellent job mashing all of those sub-genres together in a sound that’s fairly unique to them. Check them out below.