FUTURISK was an electronic synthpunk group based out of Lighthouse Point that recorded and performed live in the late 1970s and early 1980s in South Florida, and are believed to be the first electropop/synthpunk band in the American South. They initially had two 7 inch vinyl releases on Clark Humphrey Records; The Sound of Futurism 1980/Army Now (1980) and Player Piano EP (1982), the latter of which was rediscovered in 2002 by LCD Soundsystem frontman and DFA Records co-founder/producer James Murphy when he happened across it in a NYC record store. Murphy subsequently released a Futurisk track, Push Me Pull You,Part 2 on a DFA mix CD through the Paris fashion-house Colette in 2003, titled Collette No. 5 , sparking a renewed interest in Futurisk's music. In 2010 the NYC based label Minimal Wave released a 30th anniversary retrospective full length vinyl of Futurisk's works titled Player Piano LP and received positive reviews in the press. On May 17, 2011, Minimal Wave / Cititrax Records released the Lonely Streets Remixes 12 inch vinyl EP which includes remixes by notable artists such as Chris Carter ( a founding member of the bands Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey ), Tom Furse ( a founding member of the band The Horrors ), Complexxion and Prince Language (DFA Records).
Futurisk was founded by British expatriate Jeremy Kolosine who in 2007 executive produced the notable album 8-Bit Operators: The Music of Kraftwerk on Kraftwerk's US homelabel Astralwerks and EMI Records worldwide, for which Kraftwerk founding member Ralf Hütter personally selected the tracks.
Band members[edit source | edit]Edit
Live performance and recorded members:
- Jeremy Kolosine - Vocals, synthesizer, sequencer, vocoder, guitar-synth, drum-machine, bass guitar, electric mandolin (1979–1984).
- Richard Hess - Synthesizer, drum-machine, sequencer, vocoder (1981–1984).
- Jack Howard - Drums, syndrums (1980–1984).
- Frank Lardino - Synthesizer (1980–1981).
Additional live performance members included:
- Vince Serencko - Synthesizer (1981)
- Jeff Marcus - Bass guitar (1980–1981)
- Vinnie Scrimenti - Drums (1981)