HOT TAKES: Getting to know Future Static

Welcome to the feature; Hot Takes! We chat to a band or artist that we have unearthed as some what of a hidden gem and allow them the chance to introduce themselves to you, the reader.

Q1 – Who is in your band?

We have the amazing Jackson Trudel on drums, he also handles the financial/business side of the band and keeps us all organised. Kira Neil on bass and doubles as an incredible vocalist, she’s our main networker and the sound voice that guides us to make good decisions, not to mention she personally handles all of our merchandise. Jack Smith is our rhythm guitarist and the man behind our meaningful artwork and merch design. Ryan Qualizza, our lead guitarist on stage and the man behind most of the songwriting since the humble beginnings of Future Static. Last but not least, Amariah Cook is our powerful front-woman, she also handles the social media posting and writes most of the vocal melodies and lyrics.

Q2 – What is your take on your own sound?

It’s a cosmic gumbo, one might say… Genre defiant. Energetic and emotionally powerful.

Q3 – If someone was listening to your music for the first time, what song would you tell them to listen to and why?

Probably would have to be Waves. It is the first song we released with Amariah as the lead vocalist. From the moment we’d finished the demo, we knew that it was the direction we wanted to aim for: the perfect balance of heavy and melodic.

Q4 – What is the plan for the rest of 2023?

We’re about to embark on a national tour with the German electronic metal core lords Electric Callboy, the day after we release our album. After that, we’re all taking a much neededbreak.

Q5 – What is the one song you wish you wrote?

It changes a lot according to what I’m feeling on the day, but at the moment it would have to be Billie Eilish’s ‘What Was I Made For?’. It makes me cry every time and any song capable of providing any sort of release, in my opinion, is the most important music written.

Q6 – What three bands inspired or continue to inspire you the most?

I’d have to say Karnivool. I saw them headline at Unify 2019 and I had never listened to them before. When I had heard the band name mentioned amongst friends previously, I’d expected it to be a very heavy band. However, I was surprised with this beautiful melodic yet powerful prog performance which brought my jaw all the way to the ground in hypnotic, aural ecstasy. No doubt that this festival was one I wanted to one day perform at but never thought I would as I didn’t join Future Static until 2021 and we eventually did get to tick it off the bucket list in 2022.

Q7 – Where can our readers see you live or listen to your music?

You will be able to see us live in November 2023 on the Australian Electric Callboy tour, tickets are sold out already but you may be able to score some on Tixel. Otherwise, in April next year we will be supporting Clowns at their Melbourne show. In July 2024, we are making our way back to the UK for Radar festival, and we’ll probably end up touring the EU as well off the back of that.

Q8 – If your band was an animal, what would it be and why?

I’d say we’re a hyena. They are scary and fast like our performances and music, but they spend a lot of time together, have long-term relationships and are amazing at teamwork. Not to mention, we spend 50% of the time laughing hysterically.

Elizabeth Birt

December 28, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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