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Encapsulating the emotional burden of vocalist Maria, Berlin trio Future Palace‘s debut record ‘Escape’ is the work of a band that has travelled through the deepest personal experiences but emerge with strength from their explorations. Maria explained “I’ve been struggling for a long time putting the intense experience of a sick and violent relationship into words.”
We caught up with Maria and the band to talk about their origins and their plans for the future.
Alternative Rock / Ambientcore
FOR FANS OF:
Dream State / Holding Absence / Hands Like Houses
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WHAT THE BAND SAY:
DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Future Palace before?
Maria: Future Palace is a 3-piece alternative rock band formed of me singing, Manuel on guitar and Johannes on drums. Drawing heavily from rock, post-hardcore, soul and 80s synthpop influences, our songs mostly combine energetic and melancholic music, as well as lyrical topics dealing with toxic relationships, depression and finding the strength to find a way out of these situations. Bands we could be compared to are Dream State, PVRIS and Paramore.
DP!: How did the band form?
Manuel: Johannes and I were in a synthpop band together that had been writing new songs. Our fellow bandmate asked Maria to do a feature on one of our tracks, so I met her during the process and was quite impressed, to say the least. After this band slowly came to an end, Johannes bugged me about using the many songs that I had written for a new project and finding a vocalist to join it. In the first place we were looking for a male singer/shouter. Since I couldn’t find someone who fit, I remembered Maria’s feature and asked her – best choice! Because immediately we were on the same page when we started to work together and wrote the first Future Palace songs.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Johannes: Our main focus lies now in promoting our debut album ‘Escape’ and we can’t wait to finally get to play the tracks live. Therefore we are going on our own tour in Germany in January and February 2021. In March, April and May we will join Annisokay on their EU Tour. Apart from that we’re constantly writing new stuff, but we don’t know yet when we’ll hit the studio next.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Maria: Probably not a super new band but found a gem on my weekly mix on Spotify called Lowborn. Really enjoy their songwriting and sound. Also bands like Nerv or Dayseeker really caught me! Maybe you can tell that I’m a fan of great vocalists in bands.
Manuel: Lately I’ve been listening a lot to a singer/songwriter called Gatlin who just released her first EP. It has a great Neil Young vibe to it. Definitely worth checking out.
Johannes: I really dig the acoustic album Imminence released earlier this year and am still proud that the label they are on, Arising Empire, signed us as well.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Manuel: Musically we are looking up to acts such as Pvris, Halsey, The Midnight and especially Bring Me The Horizon, who as a band seem to never disappoint when it comes to inventing themselves anew. Concerning live shows and performance Don Broco and Imminence are definitely bands we admire.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Maria: Finishing an album and signing to our label Arising Empire in 2020 has been something we didn’t expect to happen when we released our first track last year in March. Being alongside so many awesome young and aspiring bands on Arising Empire’s roster and having the back of such a great team excites us a lot. We can’t wait for what is waiting for us in the future!
Future Palace‘s debut album ‘Escape’ is out now, via Arising Empire.