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Future Women

The M's

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Album Review

The M's' Future Women is a sprawling, thrillingly day-glo burst of indie rock glory. Combining the angular guitar attack of early-'90s guitar bands, the unrelenting hookiness of the mid-'90s chamber poppers, and the anything goes psychedelia of the Elephant 6 crew, the band is at once familiar and staggeringly fresh sounding. The Illinois foursome has a keen ear for melody and a nimble arranging touch, throwing in all kinds of strings, horns, percussion, bells, and harmonica and never sounding cluttered or forced. Indeed, some of the choices are inspired ("Trucker Speed"'s marching-band-with-strings middle section, the big-band brass in "Mansion on the Valley," and "Underground"'s overdriven handclaps and garage rock organ sound), and show the bandmembers to be daredevils with no qualms about going over the top in the quest for sonic greatness. Of course, inspired arrangements and sonic greatness are hollow victories without the songs to provide a foundation, and Future Women is loaded with gems like the Bolan-esque balladry of "Light I Love," the rollicking and fuzzed-out "My Gun," the melancholy epic "Darling Lucia," and the rollicking "Plan of the Man," which kicks the album off so dramatically that the rest has to be near perfect to measure up. And it is about as perfect a slice of indie rock as one could ever hope for. The M's aren't revivalists or copyists; Future Women is the sound of what happens when all the best aspects of indie pop and rock collide and explode — the sound of a band getting it right and maybe even teaching those who came before them a thing or two. Definitely the sound of a band indie lovers need to check out immediately.

Customer Reviews

Love this record

This record is really creative. It's musical. It's inviting. It gives me the warm fuzzies to know that there are people out there creating music still, and not just something to fit in a genre.

Evolver

The poppiest bits of the kinks, the occasional depth of the Beatles, and the edge of early Who- all wrapped up in a package delivered without a smirk or a wink. If they really do mean it, they'll be around for a while

Great new album

I love this bands stuff. They've got the sound of The Beatles, but with their own take on it. It's great. Make sure to check out their other CD too. They have potential to be big.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Chicago noise pop quartet the M's formed in the summer of 2000. Singer/guitarist Josh Chicoine, late of local jam band Jamestown, first collaborated with drummer Steve Versaw in the short-lived psych pop outfit Sanoponic, and after that project dissolved, Versaw moved in with singer/bassist Joey King (his onetime bandmate in the Kalamazoo-based Ordination of Aaron) and singer/guitarist Robert Hicks. The four musicians became regular collaborators, building a home studio and regularly recording original...
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