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Rooted in the high desert, Future Scars is a tender, frenzied monsoon of sound. With lyrically-focused songs that rise and fall between impassioned roars and soft confessions, they create a dramatic, emotionally turbulent musical landscape for the members’ diverse influences to converge.
While the band’s genre could be described as “part” everything—metal, post-rock, weird-rock, prog, indie—their sound resists labeling, which allows the listener to fully sink into their unfamiliar yet compelling euphonic world.
After a rocky start in the band’s infancy, current members Eliza Lutz (guitar, vocals), Paul Wagner (bass), Dylan Blanchard (keys), and Dylan McDowell (drums) have solidified their heavy, tempestuous sound and are gearing up to release Future Scars’ first full-length album and embark on a full west-coast tour.
The band’s raw live performances showcase the group’s tight bond and passionate relationship with their music and storytelling. Lutz’s vulnerable lyrics and unrestrained vocals; Blanchard’s distinct agility as a multi-instrumentalist; Wanger’s heartfelt, grounding style; and McDowell’s deft and dynamic rhythmic conducting come together to create a show that feels energized and honest, as though the band were playing their songs for the very first time.
“Part of the reason this album is so intense is that I wrote the songs on Harrow during a very difficult and traumatic time in my life,” explains Lutz. “It’s not something I tell everyone, but Future Scars’ original lineup broke up because I was assaulted by our former bassist. The experience was so exhausting and emotionally confusing, I almost felt like giving up playing music entirely. But ultimately, I decided that would be a defeat. So I wrote Harrow as a way to process and tell the story of what happened. It was also a way for me to create heavy music that took a stand against toxic masculinity and rape culture, which is so rampant in the music scenes I grew up in.”
Drawing on Lutz’s intense personal experiences, Harrow tells the story of how trauma can bend time and fracture the self. The songs were first written in color, honing in on Lutz’s synesthesia, then translated into unique guitar tunings that matched the thematic palates. Each song is accompanied by an original gouache and ink illustration, also created by Lutz.
On Harrow, Future Scars reinforces its sound with an expansive palette of prog, cinematic rock, and even pop flourishes, allowing for Lutz’ sonorous guitar to lead the charge of a band that sounds equally assured building dreamy moodscapes as it does laying down impassioned riff-heavy barrages. Lutz’ potent, mercurial voice acts as a reactor core that powers the rest of the machine, and lush vocal harmonies as well as shining keys fill out the rest of the music for maximum blush response.
Harrow will be released on Matron Records in August; in September, Future Scars will embark on a full West Coast tour.