Interview With Haunting Post-Doom Dystopian Future Movies

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Before Dystopian Future Movies head out on a UK Tour with Soden we caught up with them and asked them a few quick fire questions. Here’s what they had to say…

Dystopian Future Movies debut album ‘TIME’ is out now. For more information please check out the bands official website :- www.dystopianfuturemovies.com

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How did the band form?

Caroline: Bill and I met when I was working at a bar in Nottingham. I had written a few very basic ideas on guitar but was really determined to get a band going as the initial process of writing was proving to be quite cathartic and rewarding even though I knew little or nothing about playing a guitar or songwriting. So I saw Bill playing in a blues band one night at the pub and suddenly got really brave and asked him if he fancied a jam as I was looking for a drummer. A couple of months later I was nervously playing whatever rubbish I had for him and he graciously drummed and recorded those initial, tentative ideas, we still have them somewhere!

What’s been the highlight of the bands career so far?

Bill: Over the past years the industry landscape has changed a lot, and with it the concept of a musical ‘career’. All for the better though in my opinion, being able to communicate directly with listeners and getting direct feedback is a constant highlight which wasn’t possible 10 years ago. And having the album out on vinyl and cassette is a big thing too.

Caroline: My live highlight so far was supporting Amenra a few years ago. The show was at the Bodega, a mid-sized venue in Nottingham and the stage was way too small for the breadth and depth of their performance, not to mention their immense set up. They blew the place apart, needless to say. As they were only doing three UK shows including Damnation Fest the next night, fans had travelled from all over Europe so DFM were very fortunate to share that stage and were discovered by a whole new set of fans. On the hunt for post-show pizza, I had a really interesting chat about touring and the writing process with Colin, all in all an amazing night.

What festival would you love to headline in the future?

Caroline: I’ve been to ArcTanGent a few times and the friendly atmosphere always gets me. Everyone is there with their festival planner; handwritten, highlighted, bespoke. Everyone marching from tent to tent, making sure that they don’t miss a second. I’ve discovered some amazing stuff due to the annual forage through my mates’ ATG playlists plus the respect shown for the performers is unlike any other festival (Check out pre-ATG playlist discovery Town Portal, unbelievably good!)

So yeah, that or Roadburn. We have not actually been there yet due to work commitments, but each and every year the line up breaks, bends and burns boundaries with collaborations, exclusive album performances, bands writing or rearranging well known works with just their Roadburn performance in mind. A festival actually inspiring artists to expand creatively. Huge attention to detail from performers and organisers alike. Total passion for art.

What bands are you digging at the moment?

Caroline: Two performances that reduced me to tears last year were Oathbreaker at the Star & Garter and Emma Ruth Rundle at the Soup Kitchen. I’ve watched both acts explore and grow over a few years now and the intensity with which they write, record and perform is overwhelmingly inspiring.

Oisin turned me on to Slow Mass from their ‘Audiotree far Out’ performance and I can’t stop raving about it. In a drained swimming pool at an Elementary School somewhere in the US on a freezing day. Under those conditions, who displays a more engaging performance than on record?!

Rafe recently turned me on to Drahla, amazing new band from Leeds. We really want to see them live soon!

What plans have you got for 2018?

Caroline: After our tour in February with Soden, we plan to continue writing for album 2 and hoping to demo and record by the end of the year. Personally this year, I want to explore writing and demo recording in a different way, more brave; unstructured before reconstruction. I’ve often left songs as they were when first written in the past. Almost afraid to tamper with them too much. As the number of ideas grow, I find myself flitting around from idea to idea in quite a chaotic way. I plan to allow time and increased presence to sit among those ideas and allow a more organic formation.

Do any of the band have any weird rituals before going on stage?

Caroline: Three of us are big whiskey fans so a pre show swig has become a thing, we are yet to turn Oisin though (he prefers Jager!)

What’s the biggest inspiration as an individual and as a band?

Caroline: I guess there are a number of very divergent inspirations for the ideas behind DFM due to the wide range of what we all listen to. Before it all started, I wasn’t sure how it would pan out but I knew it would be heavy. I remember just before beginning to write loose ideas for what became DFM, I was listening to Distressor by Whirr a lot. I used to DJ and run shoegaze/post-rock club nights in Dublin round 2006, so I was really immersed in that world. One of the initial inspirations for DFM was the really heavy, riffy guitar sound on ‘Leave’ or ‘Child’ off that Whirr album. Tons of reverb, washy but distinct guitar lines overlaid; beautiful, soaring and at odds with the buried vocal. As the band has progressed, we’ve found our own voice to an extent. Where my initial ideas were grounded in the heavier, riffier end of shoegaze with indistinct vocals, I’ve found that the vocals have taken more of a front seat now and can lead or inspire the dynamic escalations.

What’s your favourite venue to play and why?

Caroline: Rebellion was the first larger venue that we played and it was a great experience. Great sound on stage, a respectful crowd, eager to hear new music.

We’re really proud of the DIY scene in Nottingham and JT Soar, Stuck on a Name and the Chameleon are at the forefront of that. They are all amazing to play, so many people come to check out new bands, despite quite niche genres, packing these venues out even on a weeknight. Really visceral to play too. In small venues you get to really explore the dynamics, stood right in front of the punters, you don’t need a mic for the quiet bits!

What album is the one album you listen to at least once a week?

Caroline: I go through periods of this, just come out of a ‘Aja’ by Steely Dan phase. Which was preceded by a ‘Sleepwalking Sailors’ by Helms Alee phase and now I am totally ensconced in ‘Ruins’ by Grouper. See what I mean about inspirations being at odds?! Three absolute classics, each deserving of their own portion of the year of obsessive listening!

Dystopian Future Movies 2018 UK Tour(1)

Dystopian Future Movies take their folk-infused post-rock doomscapes on tour across the UK in February 2018, with a new four-piece lineup and support from grunge/psych/fuzz-merchants Soden.

FRI 2    Facemelter, Black Heart, London

THURS 15    Heroes, Worcester

FRI 16    The Cube, Bristol

THURS 22   The Peer Hat, Manchester

FRI 23    Firebug, Leicester

SAT 24    Stuck On A Name, Nottingham

SUN 25    Audio, Glasgow

The high-energy rhythms and taunting riffs of ‘Fortunate Ones’, now with glorious visuals and a gripping narrative…

Watch their new video for ‘Fortunate Ones’ here

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