Five Minutes With: Vancouver Synth Punk Band Phuture Memoriez

Phuture Memoriez, hailing from Vancouver, is a distinctive synth-pop-punk ensemble fundamentally constituted by the talents of Marc Blaquiere and Jessica Blaquiere. This musical venture organically sprouted from their prior project, Jerk in the Can, back in 2019. Phuture Memoriez has unveiled three albums, all of which are conceptually driven. Their debut album drew inspiration from Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” the second delved into the theme of mortality, and the forthcoming third release, titled “Play Cobra,” is an ode to John Zorn’s musical improvisation system, Cobra. Following the completion of “Play Cobra,” Tylor David joined Phuture Memoriez, contributing his skills on the guitar, thereby enhancing the live renditions of the “Play Cobra” tracks with a rich tapestry of tone, texture, and harmonics.

The sonic landscape of Phuture Memoriez is ever-evolving, reflecting their keenness to experiment with novel sounds, instruments, and techniques, spanning a spectrum from lo-fi to professional-grade. Their arsenal includes tools such as the Akai MPC Live, an array of digital/analogue synthesizers, effects pedals, noise generators, and electric bass guitars, among others, all complemented by vocals manipulated to produce otherworldly tones and textures. Their music has been described as an amalgamation of “distorted melodies and eerie synth vocals, plunging the audience into an enigmatic sonic realm.” In other instances, some have characterized Phuture Memoriez as “gritty with a metallic allure.”

In tandem with their auditory journey, Phuture Memoriez crafts an immersive multimedia experience through their visual presentations. This multifaceted approach encompasses elements like attire, theatrical-style performances, album and poster artwork, inventive lighting, and the production of music videos and projections. When it comes to video production, Phuture Memoriez exhibits playfulness, investing the same meticulousness as they do in their audio recordings. They employ an array of techniques, ranging from using lo-fi webcams run through coded programs like Max/MSP to guerrilla-style GoPro footage and time-intensive stop-motion animations. Their videos have graced the screens at numerous film festivals, including a notable appearance in Spike and Mike’s showcase. Furthermore, they’ve embraced innovative AI tools like DALL-E 2 to enhance their creative arsenal.

 

Phuture Memoriez

Name:

Phuture Memoriez

Genre:

Synth Punk

Founded:

October 2019

# of Albums:

3

Latest Album:

Play Cobra (October 2023)

Latest Single:

Mouth Yellow

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Fred Rogers

Favourite musician now:

Neil Hamburger

Guilty pleasure song:

Girl You Know It’s True by Millie Vanilli

Live show ritual:

Drugs

Favourite local musician:

No Comment

EP or LP?

LP

Early bird or night owl?

Both!

Road or studio?

Both!

Any shows or albums coming up? 

Our album Play Cobra, just released October 9th. We will play at Fox Cabaret on November 9th.

Where can we follow you?

Bandcamp | SpotifyFacebookInstagramYoutubeNerve Wracking Collections

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

McDonalds on Main and Terminal

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Switchmen St. because of its haunted, distorted past.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Too Dark Park

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

Fox Cabaret

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Red Cat

 

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Emilea Semancik was born in North Vancouver. Emilea has always always wanted to work as a freelance writer and currently writes for the Vancouver Guardian. Taking influence from journalism culture surrounding the great and late Anthony Bourdain, she is a recipe author working towards publishing her own series of books. You can find her food blog on Instagram: