Russian Futurists Are Back
Ontario’s Russian Futurists have been making catchy pop music since 2002, but their last new release was back in 2005 (Our Thickness). Whatever the cause for their hibernation, it is now over. The band released their new album, The Weight’s on the Wheels, in November, and their tour recently brought them to NYC, playing shows at Mercury Lounge on November 16 and Littlefield in Brooklyn on November 17.
Cookies (ex-Mobius Band) opened the small and sparsely crowded show with some upbeat tunes. Featuring male and female vocalists, their sound was twee and joyful, toe-tapping and head bopping.
Matthew Adam Hart, the brains behind Russian Futurists, seemed genuinely thrilled to be playing, even though the room was half empty. I guess if you take a 5 year hiatus you lose a few fans? He had a female vocalist/bass player with him, as well as a guy on keyboard and a drummer for a nice, full sound. They played a good selection of songs from the new album, like “Hoeing Weeds Sowing Seeds,” (you can download that song here) “Register My Firearms? No Way!”, and “100 Shopping Days ‘Til Christmas,” all of which were fun and upbeat, and easily recognizable as Russian Futurists songs. They also played a good selection of older stuff, including “Let’s Get Ready to Crumble” and “It’s Not Really Cold When It Snows.” Here’s hoping they don’t wait another five years to release new material and go on tour!