Future Thieves, CROUSE
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Midway through recording their exhilarating new self-titled album, Nashville indie rockers Future Thieves left the studio and hit the road. It was difficult to walk away from the undeniable stride they’d hit, but the band had nearly two months of shows in Europe followed by a lengthy string of US dates on their calendar, and that meant completing the record would simply have to wait. Far from derailing the group’s progress, though, the road actually brought fresh perspective, with each performance revealing new depths and dimension to the music. The material had the unique opportunity to live and breathe and grow onstage every night, undergoing sometimes radical evolutions in instrumentation and arrangement as the tour progressed. By the time Future Thieves returned to the studio, the songs were battle-tested and sturdier than ever, and the resulting album is a remarkable showcase of growth and maturity from a band poised for a major breakout.
Recorded primarily at El Paso’s famed Sonic Ranch with producer and longtime collaborator Alex Jarvis, ‘Future Thieves’ introduces threads of pop and electronic music into the band’s organic sensibilities, generating dreamy soundscapes and hypnotic grooves with ethereal synthesizers, vintage drum machines, and shimmering guitars. Balance (of light and dark, hope and disappointment, future and past) is the ultimate goal of a number of tracks here—from the angular “On The Run,” which wrestles with indecision and regret, to the chiming “Dark Spin,” which swims in a churning sea of memories unleashed by running into an ex—and Collett’s lyrics often
grapple with growing up and accepting that nothing lasts forever. There’s an indefatigable optimism to songs like the bright and splashy “Prom Night,” though, as the effervescent tale of two lovers committing to each other despite all the outside forces pushing them apart reveals a band that’s ultimately romantic at heart.
The lengthy process behind the Future Thieves’ new release is a far cry from their most recent record, a live-in-the-studio album captured entirely in an hour. Comprised largely of material from the band’s critically acclaimed 2015 debut, ‘Horizon Line,’ ‘Live at Blue Rock’ garnered praise everywhere from Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco to Guitar World , which hailed it as a “collection of turbo-charged Americana tunes.” Relix similarly raved that the album “captures the quartet’s spirit and intensity,” while The Tennessean simply lauded the band as “incredible.” They followed it up in 2017 with “Sucker,” an infectious single that earned love from Billboard, who highlighted the band’s newfound “infusion of…electro-pop grooves,” and Jimmy Fallon, who premiered the official video on The Tonight Show ’s Tumblr. The group’s searing live show, meanwhile, helped them notch festival appearances from Bonnaroo to Summerfest and prompted Live Nation to name them to their Ones To Watch series.
Originally from Massachusetts, Crouse draws from local musical legends like Aerosmith, Boston, and James Taylor. By 16 he had already formed two original bands playing songs he wrote. His first 'Beatles-esque’ band gained a lot of buzz but broke up due to the members leaving for college. At that point Crouse was 17 years old and decided to make the move to Nashville to pursue music professionally. He started playing dive bars and ended up opening for the likes of Taylor Swift on her Red Tour and Darius Rucker.”
Crouse has always followed his gut instinct, and now at 25 he can rely on it more than ever. Although well received in the Country community, Crouse stuck by that instinct to follow a dramatic change in his music. Now released from his Country cocoon, he is able to fully channel his influences from The Beatles to Pink Floyd to John Mayer. Crouse’s new sound formed free of genre walls. "When songs would move me," he muses, "it didn’t matter what genre they were in. Lyrically, I'm inspired by people who took chances on their music," he says, before naming people like Nirvana and Eminem as well as Tom Petty and the Lumineers. "When you're an artist, you have to show that raw nerve."
Crouse has built up a fan base in the old-fashioned way – on the road, playing to as many people as possible. Whether in a dive or an arena, Crouse is known for his electric live shows that have charmed audiences into lifelong followers. "I try very hard to bring as honest of a performance as possible to my fans both old and new," he says passionately. It comes through loud and clear, not only through his concerts but through the music itself. And currently, he’s doing just that: working on some new music in 2017 for his fans.