Future Elevators is an apt phrase for one of Birmingham’s most original musical acts. Like Roald Dahl’s fictional creation, Michael Shackelford—the group’s founder, mainstay, and guiding creative force—is something of a pop confectioner who thinks up impossible sounds and makes them a reality. His self-titled debut as Future Elevators expertly mixes whimsy and gravity, the fantastical with the everyday. Even as he grounds his lyrics in real-world issues, Shackelford fills his songs with new and improbable combinations of familiar sounds. A space jam powered by a roomy dub beat and shimmery indie-pop synths, “Modern World” stands as an apt introduction to Future Elevators’ anything-goes aesthetic.
Recently featured on HBO’s season premier of “Shameless,” treat your ears to “Modern World” here.
Booking Information: Meghan Helsel - Grandstand
Discography: Modern World (2016)
Label: Communicating Vessels