One of Australia’s most talked about breakthrough heavy acts, Melbourne quintet Future Static is thrilled to unveil its highly anticipated full-length debut album, Liminality – out November 24th, 2023, via Wild Thing Records. Alongside Liminality, the band has revealed the emotionally charged, hard hitting anthem „Roach Queen“, and its accompanying eye-catching music video, taken from the forthcoming record. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/E98IOdcnB-Y
To coincide, the group’s first ever international jaunt to Europe and the UK kicks off this weekend, including dates with The Omnific (AU), plus appearances at legendary German festivals Reeperbahn and Euroblast. Following taking the Australian live circuit by storm, and the recent supercharged metal reimagining of ‘Gasolina’, the release of Liminality marks the next step in the band’s hugely promising career.
An innate fusion of metalcore, progressive metal, alternative rock, and pop sensibilities, Liminality is exemplified by its profound singles; visceral cut „Roach Queen“, the effervescent „Plated Gold“ – featuring guest vocals from Sean Harmanis of Make Them Suffer, and acclaimed earlier singles „Waves“ and „Venenosa“. Liminality also highlights the group’s breathtaking lead vocal tandem, with bassist Kira Neil showcasing her vocal talents and magical chemistry alongside the electrifying Melbourne born, Barcelona raised front-woman Amariah Cook; underlined on the progressive labyrinth „The Hourglass“ and alt-pop-core sensation „Chemical Lobotomy“.
Liminality represents residing in a state of limbo and emptiness, a fitting title for an album written during the extreme Melbourne lockdowns; depicting the band’s emotional state of the time. The band was no stranger to the effects of limbo, be that a writing process in pandemic-induced isolation, or the two-year-long gauntlet of in-demand domestic touring that followed, including major festivals and supporting acts such as prog metal superstars Jinjer (UA) and Eurovision alumni Voyager (AU), prior to releasing a full album. The record evolved into their most collaborative work to date, with all members’ unique musical voices present in a cohesive, yet diverse artistic statement. Using the incessant layers of soaring lead guitars, crunching riffs and dynamic cleans, trailed over by unique and stacked vocal melodies that Future Static are renowned for, the record ebbs and flows through a combination of different genre inspirations and themes.
Singer Amariah proclaims, “We’re so proud to finally release our first full-length album, which we’ve been tirelessly working on and teasing to crowds for the past two years. Everything about this album came from the heart and soul of the band. The best way to describe it? It is the physical representation of friendship, teamwork, and our unconditional love for music”. The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Christopher Vernon (Windwaker, The Beautiful Monument). Artwork was helmed by guitarist Jack Smith, with Liminality portraying the space between materialising and deteriorating in serene nothingness.
New single „Roach Queen“ weaves together bouncing, pitch-shifted riffs, pummelling breakdowns, reverb-drenched ambiance, and an anthemic, catharsis-imbued chorus into a tapestry of grotesque brilliance. At the center of it all is Amariah’s versatile performance that spans ominous spoken word, guttural roars, tortured shrieks, and soaring sung hooks. The impact of Amariah’s contributions here is elevated further considering the fact that the track derives its meaning and lyrics from a repressed episode in the vocalist’s youth. “Roach Queen talks about a traumatic experience I had as a child in the first apartment my family and I lived in when we moved to Barcelona”, Amariah recalls. “The place was infested by cockroaches, and for a long while, I was having nightmares where they would climb into my mouth while I slept, possibly causing a more severe illness to materialise at the time.”
The „Roach Queen“ music video, filmed and directed by the master Colin Jeffs (Make Them Suffer, Alpha Wolf), is heavily attached to the story Amariah portrays lyrically. However, Amariah wanted to add how that experience (and any of the darker experiences she may have lived in her past) is what has made her so powerful and independent now, hence choosing a ‘Queen’ as her character. “The name Roach Queen felt fitting to me”, explains Amariah. “It came instantly, along with the lyrics, as the song has overtones of a developed independence and strength that eventuated from this experience.” Amariah continues, “Colin absolutely nailed the execution, utilising horror aesthetics and the authoritative figure of the ‘Queen’ as a representation of overcoming personal demons and trauma.”
Future Static’s Roach Queen is available now for audio and visual consumption. Pre-Save/Pre-Order Future Static’s debut album Liminality HERE.
EU/UK – With The Omnific:
Sunday September 17 – A38, Budapest, HU
Monday September 18 – B72, Vienna, AT
Tuesday September 19 – Klubovna, Prague, CZ
Thursday September 21 – Bahnhof Pauli | Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, DE [Wild Thing Records Showcase]
Friday September 22 – Molotow | Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, DE [THE AUSSIE BBQ]
Monday September 25 – Backstage Club, Munich, DE
Wednesday September 27 – Nachtleben, Frankfurt, DE
Sunday October 1- Essigfabrik | Euroblast Festival, Cologne, DE
Tuesday October 3 – Canvas 2, Manchester, UK
Wednesday October 4 – Camden Assembly, London, UK
About Future Static:
Melbourne quintet Future Static create an exhilarating synthesis of alternative, melodic, and progressive to shape a unique brand of emotional heavy music which is unlike any other. New singer Amariah Cook’s debut singles Waves (2021) and Venenosa (2022), plus the adrenalin fuelled metalcore cover of Gasolina (2023) drew significant critical acclaim; landing fervent support from outlets such as SiriusXM (US), New Noise Magazine (US), Triple J (AU), ABC Rage (AU), Kerrang! (UK), Metal Hammer (UK), 89FM – A Rádio Rock (BR), Wikimetal (BR), Spotify, and Apple Music. On the domestic live front, festival performances include Knight & Day, Unify Forever, Unify Off The Record, Alpha Wolf’s CVLTFEST, performing at Bigsound to high industry praise, plus being hand-chosen as special guests for Jinjer (UA), Voyager (AU), Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (US), RedHook (AU), Caligula’s Horse (AU), and Windwaker (AU), just to name a few. Future Static are primed to make a lasting impression on the global stage, bringing its visceral fusion of heavy and alternative sub-genres to the world at large.