America is still number one in space and time exploration now that San Francisco’s The Society of Rockets has its fourth album, “Future Factory.” The band’s singer and cosmonaut leader, Joshua Babcock has proclaimed the 21-track psych-pop album as being “designed to function as an hour-long sonic map of utopias that never were and have yet to be.”
On "Future Factory" Babcock’s team of musical chemists includes Adam Dobrer on bass, David Isbister on piano and keyboards, Steve Wertheim on drums, Robin Wageman on guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Lorelei David on theremin, flute, and xylophone. Longtime associate Ben Tinker also joined in, contributing all of the freshly unearthed analog synth tones peppered throughout "Future Factory," the follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed "Our Paths Related."
The lab results for “Future Factory” have tested positive for a kind of Faust (Krautrock) meets Unrest (90s Indie) meets Milton Nascimento (post-Tropicalia samba) concoction. Since the band’s studio is called “The Advanced Institute For Interspacial Harmonic Research,” it comes as no surprise that “Future Factory,” is descanted with gorgeous harmonies – which always makes the biggest blast in a ‘Rockets song. The dense, communal vocals are anchored by the trio of Babcock, Wageman, and Wertheim (with others occasionally joining in), recalling the choral arrangements of both the cocktail sci-fi of Esquivel-by-way-of-Stereolab and the eternal grace of the Beach Boys.
Engineered by Christopher Cline (…Trail of Dead, Scrabbel), Eli Crews (Beulah, Deerhoof, WHY?), and Ben Tinker. Mixing by Cline and the band. Mastering was completed by Gary Hobish (Willie Nelson, Dr. John, Creedence Clearwater Revival).
released March 16, 2010
Written, arranged, and performed by The Society Of Rockets. Recorded at New, Improved Recording, FM Recorders, The Magic Shop and The Advanced Institute for Interspatial Harmonic Research.
Engineered by: Eli Crews, Chris Cline, and Ben Tinker
Mixed by: Chris Cline and The Society Of Rockets
Mastered by: Gary Hobish
The Rockets who played on this record were: Joshua, Robin, David, Adam, Lorelei, Ben, and Steve. Strings on 'Olivia Odyssey' courtesy of Anna Levine, Annie Yu, and Katie Crouch. Additional mastering and mixing on 'Instant City' by Squelchy.
San Francisco friends, Scrabbel, took a wide turn with this one, and it's stellar! Horns, turntables, Korean drumming, and more take the listener on a journey into Korean folklore! The Society Of Rockets