Future Horizons are without a doubt one of the most exciting musical prospects in the North East right now. Consisting of Will Rayment on vocals and bass, Josh Ingledew and Milo Watson on guitars and Jake Hopkins on drums, the four-piece formed in Hartlepool around four years ago out of a shared love for heavier, more progressive music, and a desire to bring that sound to their local scene. Admittedly, Hartlepool doesn’t tend to be considered a hive for alt-rock sounds, though the band didn’t let this hinder them. “Hartlepool was really good to us when we were starting out,” says Ingledew. “It’s a good place to start up as everyone’s generally supportive of whatever music you want to make. When we were growing up and going to shows the local bands in the scene we were exposed to were pretty inspiring to us, but early on it was still important for us to branch out and play to fresh faces”.
Often billed as ‘post-hardcore’, the four-piece are so much more than that, seamlessly blending characteristics of various genres. Math-rock time signatures, technical riffing, progressive structures and ambient soundscapes all combine to create an ambitious, explosive sound that is very much their own. “We’ve seen it mostly put as ‘progressive hardcore’ but whatever you want to call it is cool”, says Hopkins. “We don’t really put a specific label on it as we just create whatever comes to us. We’re four guys influenced by totally different genres so it would be difficult to put all our songs in one category. Collectively, we’re probably all influenced by The Mars Volta, The Fall of Troy and Deftones.” “Lyrically, I get a lot of my influences from rappers and spoken word bands”, adds Rayment. “It really brings me into the writing process when I listen to songs that are crammed with lyrics before I start building my own. At the moment I’ve been writing about anatomy of the human body, you know…weird shit.”
It was the release of their previous single, Yoshimitsu, back in 2015 that really put Future Horizons on the radar; an absolute monolith of a track that burns with a blistering urgency, complete with guitar wizardry and a huge, soaring chorus. Since then, they’ve garnered an impressive local following that sees them play to packed out crowds, and with gigs all over the UK under their belts, they recently caught the attention of new label Glasshouse Records, founded by Rory Dickinson who works for Holy Roar Records, home to the likes of Rolo Tomassi and Brontide.
Glasshouse will release Future Horizons’ latest single, Brittle Versita – a frantic bundle of nervous, crunching energy which keeps the listener on their toes with its twists and turns despite being just over two minutes long. Recorded with Chris McManus at Blank Studios, it’s an exceptional display of Future Horizons’ dexterity: 2017 is surely their year. “We’re so happy to be working with Glasshouse as we’re getting the opportunity to tour new areas as well as receiving the recognition we need,” says Rayment. “We have a lot planned for 2017,” adds Ingledew. “We may have recorded another song at Blank, but that’s a secret for now…We’ll be touring, releasing more new material and sharing some visual treats with everyone very soon.”