AV Futures

FRESH: ‘Queen Of Fire’ – AV Futures

AV Futures celebrate the “Queen Of Fire”

The latest single from AV Futures demonstrates the breadth of sounds that this quartet can conjure. “Queen Of Fire” is a pulsing, sultry, psych-rock journey while Vapor drifts in slowly with violin and vocoder before launching into a driving, disco outtro. Based out of Portland, Oregon, AV Futures stirs a compelling mix of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s inspired pop and disco into their catchy original compositions. Soaring melodies rise above a rich bed of synthesizers and arpeggios while bouncing bass lines weave through metronomic drumming. Songs of lust and loss will leave your head spinning into the morning.

AV Futures was formed after drummer Andy Brown and keyboardist/vocalist David LiaBraaten’s previous band, Coronation, was put on hold after their 2018 release, “Silicon Days”, and a song on the 2018 PDX Pop Now! compilation. After recording a few demos, AV Futures cast a net for collaborators and quickly found vocalist/keyboardist/violinist Camelia Nine. Longtime friend and collaborator Christopher Rose agreed to round out the sound on bass guitar.

When not working on her solo project, Beautiful Brute, music educator Camelia Nine can also be seen in Portland-based, classic French vocal trio, Bergerette. Andy Brown’s musical track record includes playing keyboards in 90’s space rock group, Jessamine, Southern Lord jazz/rock fusion artists, Fontanelle, and drumming for Portland ambient rockers, Paint and Copter, as well as quirky pop group, Miss Massive Snowflake. David LiaBraaten cut his teeth organizing raves in the early 2000’s and forming industrial-pop duo, Disgustitron. Bassist Christopher Rose has been singing and playing guitar either solo or in groups for over two decades.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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