by Teyquil Skelton
In a dark, dim room, a crowd emerged for Nashville’s own Future Thieves to get a dose of their infectious, melodic, soulful, and indie sound, which was well-delivered at Boot & Saddle last night. The standing areas became quite a necessity as the band played on, people guarded spaces in fear of possibly missing something. The crowd held their ground, as they fed on the band’s energy, catchy tunes and driven rhythms led by the instruments displayed during the band’s 50-minute set.
The band has had countless amazing moments throughout their career with opportunities at hand that most artists don’t get. For instance, they’ve performed at Summerfest, SXSW, Live on the Green and Bonnaroo to name a few.
It was a magnificent ride of emotions, as the band took us on a journey of melody filled with love, heartache, uncertainty, and discovery. Some songs were slow, upbeat, and mid-tempo but yet, possessed a sense of togetherness as everyone moved in-sync with one another to the music. I had the opportunity to speak with frontman Elliot Collett, to get his thoughts on the band and their growth over the years as they transitioned from a more rooted sound that was rock n’ roll influenced to a more organic indie pop approach culminated with bits of synthesized and digital structures that changed their style indefinitely. Future Thieves’ 2015 album, Horizon Line, was more guitar-heavy and in your face with grit and forwarding instruments that demanded your attention as the record spewed all over your turntable from start to finish.
Now, in 2019, Future Thieves has activated that organic experiment and placed the elements of the exploration into the new songs created on the new upcoming LP. The first single up to bat is a song called “My Body” which is supported by rich guitars, a percussive groove, along with a six-string solo and a danceable melody that’s quite irresistible to ignore. I’m sure as the band expands with more performance opportunities and appearances, the music will immediately follow too. Future Thieves is the band to keep an eye out for. The music speaks for itself but to see these fellas perform live is something else that’s far from whatever norm formality you may be accustomed to, musically.