FUTURE TEENS TALK DEBUT ALBUM AND TOURING
WRITTEN BY: MEG
Boston-based band Future Teens are a band that have been getting quite a bit more recognition as of late, and should definitely be on your radar if they aren’t already. Back in 2017, the band signed to Take This To Heart Records and put out their debut LP, “Hard Feelings,” and it really helped jumpstart the band’s career.
“When we put the album out, we weren’t really expecting anything at all. We were barely a band, hardly played that many shows, but we knew we wanted to put this record out, and we ended up working with Take This To Heart Records to do it,” guitarist and vocalist Daniel Radin says, “We figured we probably weren’t going to tour too much and the plan was to do it occasionally, but since then, we’ve ended up touring three or four more times because we loved it and the support we got on the road was enough to pay for the tour. We were so welcomed by a lot of people that it made us not want to stop.”
The band’s music combines various elements of rock, indie, alternative, and emo music, and that variety of influences and styles makes their music stand out quite a bit in the scene.
“When we put out our record there was one blog that described it as “bummer pop” and we really like that description, so we kinda ran with that. Our label now calls themselves a “bummer pop” label. It’s upbeat, but also kinda sad,” Daniel says about how he’d describe the band’s sound, “[For influences], it’s kind of all over. We’ll listen to anything from Vein to a lot of old country, Amy is a pop encylopedia and knows every pop song written, Maya likes anything with a good groove, [and] we all love a lot of indie rock and emo music, too.”
More recently, the band followed up that album with a covers EP, which they released in December of 2018.
“We’d been asked to be apart of a few benefit cover compilations so we figured we should put all our covers in one place. Those are all apart of various cover compilations,” Daniel explains regarding the decision to release that EP, “The Cranberries cover we did on our own, though. We’re probably going to do some more this year and any more covers we do, we’ll add them to that.”
”THERE’S MORE PERSPECTIVE ON THE NEW RECORD.”
Another major impact of “Hard Feelings”
on Future Teens’ career is the amount of shows and tours they’ve been playing, both in and out of their hometown of Boston, Massachusetts.
“There’s this beauty to intimate music scenes across the country that not many bands play at... the scenes we played that are a little more smaller and intimate, like in Shippensburg, PA and Sioux City, IA. Boston’s got a great scene but I feel like the first time we played in Sioux, we saw people singing along to our songs. We love Boston, and Boston is super supportive and shows up for a lot of shows and benefit concerts. We love being from here and calling it home,” Daniel says about the crowds back home and the crowds in other places the band has played so far.
Speaking of touring, the band wrapped up a tour with World’s Greatest Dad back in March.
“We love that band so much; endless love for them. The singer and I had been talking about how we wanted to tour together so we did a quick eight-day. It was probably the coldest tour we’ve ever done, and that was brutal,” he says about touring with the band.
The band are also preparing to embark on their first ever full cross-country tour of the United States, which includes a lot of places that they haven’t yet performed in.
“I think the whole band is really excited for the West Coast - like California, Oregon and Washington. I’m pretty sure most of us have been there before with other bands or otherwise, but it’ll be our first time there as a band. Partly [looking forward to the fact] that there’s just great bands on the tour and we get to see them play every night and get to know them,” Daniel reveals regarding what he’s looking forward to about this particular tour, “With touring in general, I love driving. I think on our first or second tour I drove the entire way. I’d say the second most fun thing on tour is finding the local coffee shops in the morning, we’re very into that. The obvious stuff like playing shows every night. We’re always trying to improve our set and play as close to what our energy level will allow us every night.”
For quite some time, Future Teens have also been hard at work on new material.
“We have been writing since before Hard Feelings came out. We recorded drums at this studio called Sone Lab in Massachusetts, and the rest at my little home studio. It’s going great and we’re really excited about the new songs. Amy and I both independently decided what should be the opener, and she wants people to turn on the record, hear the first song, and wonder “who hurt them?” The first album has sad moments too, but the new one is a little more introspective,” Daniel explains about the writing process for these new tracks, “We tried really hard to be self-critical in a constructive way. When someone gets hurt in a relationship it’s easy to want to put that into a song but singing that saltiness over and over every night gets old after a while and we start to see there’s more to this. There’s more perspective on the new record and it will be out sooner than we know it.”
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