Southern California’s The Futures League just premiered ‘Sandy’, the first single of their upcoming album. ‘Sandy’ embodies the heart and soul of the group and tells the story of a ladies man who has found the proverbial one. The one who over-shines and casts shadows over the women from the past. ‘Sandy’ demonstrates the growth the band has experienced since their inception. From guitarist Jack Rose’s ripping guitar to Jon Arman’s skilled vocals and songwriting, coupled with the heavy-hitting rhythm section of Johnny Fontana and Scott Ruth, Sandy epitomizes the band’s evolution in sound, craft, and style. This single gives a taste of what their first LP has in store for us- psychedelic rock n’ roll with a more experimental and distorted sound. The album is recorded by sound mastermind and vintage gear connoisseur Gus Seyffert, and mixed by Darrel Thorp, who won several Grammys for mixing Beck’s new album Morning Phase. Don’t worry, we’ll be featuring the new album here when it’s released, so stay tuned.
We sat down with Jon Arman, singer, songwriter and guitarist for The Futures League and asked him a few questions.
Where did you record the album?
We recorded the album with master wizard Gus Seyffert. His studio is a blast from the past and has a cool dog named Hans. There are always cold Tecates in his fridge. We have to learned to not ask Gus questions about gear when we are on the clock because the dude knows all the details about everything and is super knowledgeable and a great teacher.
What does your writing process look like?
Our writing process typically starts with myself sketching something out and then I bring it to the band. Then it goes through The Futures League vortex and becomes something totally new and different. Jack normally comes up with some bizarre avant guard Al Caiola riff and somehow we glue the whole song together and it works. Scott is a details guy that is really versatile with a creative flare and John is pure raw energy and one of the strongest guys I know.
Do you have any formal music training?
As far as formal training I think we have all taken some lessons when we were four feet tall and skateboarding and our bodies were made out of rubber.
How do you listen to music?
Listening to music is environment driven. We all prefer vinyl but these days you can be listing on so many devices at all times which is lovely.
What’s the music scene like in Orange County?
I wish there were more venues in Orange County. Fuzz and head banging are trending which is good for the kids.
Who are some local bands you’d recommend?
There are great local bands… so many but I do love Hawai and Roah Summit because they remind me of the cool kids at summer camp but we all know that PHIL SHANE is the kingpin of this county!!!
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