Fourteen people played on Future Lives’ debut LP Mansions, but the heart of Future Lives is six major dude(tte)s. King of Prussia songwriter Brandon Taj Hanick sings, plays guitars and orchestrates what Flagpole Magazine calls “a veritable supergroup.” Formerly with The Drive-By Truckers and now with Mike Mills and Japancakes, John Neff bends his pedal steel lines like sine waves etching hummable tunes into the brain. Memphis bred Sarah Robbins stacks layers of rich, crystal clear vocal harmonies that would sound at home on a Staple Singers record. In addition to arranging the vocals with Smile-esque wonder, Sarah’s big bro Nick Robbins (Velveteen Pink/Blue Blood) brings musical inventiveness to his complex, but tasteful, drum parts. Patrick Burke (Giving Tree Band), whose Lynchian flow and precision on bass buoys the jams, isn’t shy about picking out a lead guitar part that David Crosby would twirl his moustache to. Cameron Steuart’s string parts are as cinematic as they are down-home; as much canvas as they are ether. The arrangements are dense, but the expert mixing ears and of John Keane (R.E.M., Vic Chesnutt, Widespread Panic) ensure that every part breathes.
Pitchfork said a listen to King of Prussia “will work as well as sticking your head in a lightbox to up your serotonin production on a grey, snowy day” and Magnet Magazine called the band’s debut “one of the better records released this year.” In addition to receiving a lot of airplay on college radio stations around the country, King of Prussia has also received some love from NPR, Daytrotter, A/V Club, My Old Kentucky Blog, Under the Radar, Paste Magazine, Pop Matters, Spinner, All Music Guide, Consequence of Sound and many other outlets. Now, it’s time for something new.
On June 27, 2017, Future Lives will release their debut album Mansions on vinyl and digital via Soft Magic Records. The band will hit the road for an East Coast tour in July with Roselit Bone and Hanick will play solo shows between Athens and Portland in July/August.