Release Date: May 10, 2011
Record label: Barsuk
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
I’ve caught The Globes at a few shows over the past few years around the Seattle area. They put on a powerful live show for such a young band, and they’ve gotten better every time I’ve seen them. Their music has gotten deeper, more complex and more confident with each passing year. This is the sound of a band that’s spent hours and days playing together in quiet practice, perfecting their excellent art.
After two successful EPs, Spokane-based outfit The Globes are finally releasing their much-anticipated debut full-length on Barsuk. Future Self is full of experimental, progressive tracks that seem to get better and better with each spin—even if experimental rock isn’t your forte. The Globes do a nice job of grabbing and keeping listeners’ attention throughout the album’s 35 minutes of music.
I’ve noticed a reoccurring theme lately in the sphere of indie rock: a preoccupation with the natural world. You see it now and then in band names – Grizzly Bear, Wolf Parade, and New York’s Ghost Bunny come to mind – but, more and more, it’s showing up on the lyrics sheet as a major obsession. New Numbers has a song about the animal kingdom taking over from man, and the aforementioned Ghost Bunny has a track on their debut album about a guy who wanders around the city dressed in a lion suit.