Introducing Sixties Future

Let me introduce you all to a new band on the block who go by the name Sixties Future. This All-American rock band from Buffalo, NY are Adam Clukey (guitars/vocals), Maurice Halliday (bass), Chris Couche (vocals) and Steve Tripi (drums). They have recently added Jake Malone-Brancato (keys) to the band to bring a something extra to their live sound.

As they are such a new band there is not a lot of information about them to be found. Luckily for me, I have known Chris Couche for a while through social media and previous music projects. I reached out to him to see if he would provide me with some information about Sixties Future and he was kind enough to answer the questions that I had. This is what he had to say:

How did Sixties Future come together and is there a story behind the name?

Mo Halliday (bass), Adam Clukey (guitars and vocals), and I (Chris Couche, vocals) all went to high school together. We used to play some talent shows and battle of the bands but nothing too serious. The college years came and we all began studying different things except for Mo who continued with music and he played relentlessly with several Buffalo bands. During Mo’s journey with other bands he met our drummer Steve Tripi (playing shows for years, touring the U.S. with Speakerfire).

We all reconnected and I remember on a Saturday morning in October 2014 we got together with the mantra of ‘everybody writes/contributes’ to some new songs. There are times when this is easier said than done, as evidenced by the lifespan of countless bands who set out to do the same. But there was a really great chemistry and work dynamic between the three of us and writing was blissfully organic. Mo introduced Trip to us who was another natural addition to the chemistry that we already had. We recorded our EP with Jay Zubricky at the beautiful GCR audio (owned by the Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Takac) in Buffalo, NY in the winter of 2014-2015. Jay has recorded countless Buffalo bands and several national acts (he has an engineering credit on the latest James Taylor album). Mo had worked with Jay on a few projects prior, so there was some chemistry there as well. When we finished recording, my brother put me in touch with our current keys player, Jake Malone-Brancato and the band was complete.

As for the band name, as we like the 60s sci-fi imagery and the work/ideas of Buckminster Fuller we thought the name Sixties Future was kinda an umbrella name that encompassed all of that.

How would you describe the bands sound and which musicians have helped influence this?

Our band’s sound is majorly influenced by 70’s rock/americana in the vein of Tom Petty, The Band, Springsteen, Warren Zevon, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Jeff Lynne/ELO, etc. We also have modern influences too, mostly notably The National, Gaslight Anthem (and anything Brian Fallon does), and Ryan Adams to name a few. As we spent our teenage years listening to punk/metal/90s-00s alternative, I guess there is that too.  I can’t speak for the other guys but personally, i have to mention Dropkick Murphys. We all listen to a ton of different music so I guess it all influences us in a way.

Which is the bands favourite song from the new EP and why?

I don’t think we have a favorite song to be honest.  We worked the four songs on the EP until we liked them all pretty much equally.  There are times when we might feel one over another, but I don’t know if we have enough songs yet to have clear favorites ha ha. I’ll say Sugar because we tend to close the live shows with it and it’s probably the most fun to play in that setting.

What can people expect from your shows?

I feel weird talking up the live show but we play hard and we demand your attention.  If you have a chance to see us, take it as we won’t disappoint.

Now this EP is released, what’s the future plans and goals for your music?

We’ve been recording our follow up release. We should wrap it up in December and plan to release it in the first half of 2016 (probably just jinxed it though ha ha). We feel we’re really coming into our own with our sound and songwriting, so we’re stoked to have that right around the corner!

Sixties Future self titled debut release is heavily soaked in Americana with a little rock to give it some kick. I have read a lot of people comparing this sound to that of The Gaslight Anthem which I understand, but feel their sound is definitely their own. For me, if I was to compare them to someone I would choose Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as they share a similar sound that feels authentic. I love this quality in my music as for me, it shows that Sixties Future really care about how their music is created and how it is received by their fans. They are not trying to be something they are not, instead they want to create music that fits them and not the world of music. This is why I describe them as authentic and why I respect what they have created.

As soon as the EP starts with the song ‘Skeleton’ you are instantly pulled in by the great sounding guitar work from Adam. Then when Chris comes in with his vocals you will not want to stop listening. This combination keeps you happily attentive throughout the EP but it is the bands overall laid back sound that really makes this release a winner. When you carefully listen to each song you can really hear that this is a band that understands each others strengths to blend together to ensure they are delivering music with maximum effect. This can be heard on the song ‘Saint’ which is a highlight of mine.

With only 4 songs on offer, this is an EP that was created to showcase what Sixties Future is all about and gives you quality over quantity. No song showcases this talent more than ‘Sugar’ as the band sound so tight and is definitely my favourite from the EP. Another reason why this ‘Sugar’ stands out for me is the vocal display from Chris. His tone feels as rooted as the band and his vocal control helps give this song that something special. If you are a fan of rock Americana then you need to check out this solid release from Sixties Future, which can be found on their Bandcamp page (click HERE). If you like what you hear from the guys then this is also the place to purchase a copy of this EP.

I am so glad to hear that Sixties Future are busy with a new EP/album and I can’t wait to hear what the end result will sound like. I am so confident that their sound will go from strength to strength that I know this new release will be featured here in the new year, so watch this space. As I am following the band on their social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) I will be able to keep up to date with what they are up to including gigs and new releases.

As always, a little reminder that independent musicians and bands need the support of their fans so they can continue to do what they do. It is our duty to purchase the music, catch their live shows and help spread the word about this music that matters to you. Hopefully this will now include the music by Sixties Future, if so tell the world about them today!