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Old Future Crash - 2008 I'll Never Stop [ep]



ARTIST: Old Future Crash
ALBUM: I'll Never Stop [ep]
LABEL: Turia Records
SERIAL: TR-001-EP
YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Pedro Lopez - lead & harmony vocals, background vocals, vocoder, keyboards, synths, programming * Mauri Martinez - keyboards, synthesizers * Nancy Betancourt - lyrics * Arturo Aguilera - electric guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'll Never Stop * 02 This Is Heaven * 03 Sorry

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/theoldfuturecr


Background
Not too many years ago, admitting you were an ELO fan was usually met with fits of hysterical laughter or quizzical and concerned looks as if you just arrived from another planet on a red, blue and yellow space ship. Sweet vindication because finally and for various reasons including the apparent 're-discovery' of ELO's Beatlesque qualities, the tide has turned and the work Jeff Lynne & company is not only respected by the critical elite, but in the last couple years a new wave of ELO inspired bands have popped up around the world including Holland's Alternativa who we previously covered here at Glory Daze and now Spain's Old Future Crash. Now whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen and as they say, first there's the innovator, then the imitators, then the idiots. Fortunately for Old Future Crash they sit somewhere between innovator and imitator with their first official release on the Spanish label Turia Records.


The Songs
This is a nifty little release on a limited and numbered seven inch vinyl pressed in either black or orange - take your pick. A quick read through the band's promo material offers some over the top verbiage from the webmaster of 'ELO Espana', a Spanish disc jockey and label heads Jose Galvez and Vincente Ribas. All well intentioned with comparisons to The Buggles which I do hear slightly but not enough to warrant a mention and plenty of references naturally leading to ELO which is refreshingly honest. Like Alternativa, Old Future Crash at least on record favors the 80's version of ELO. In other words, you'll find more of 'Time' and 'Balance Of Power' than 'Face The Music' in the OFC sound. Vocalist Pedro Lopez sounds like a smoother version of Jeff Lynne on the atmospheric title track although the synth overload is broken up by a guitar solo on the flipside's opener 'This Is Heaven' which turns out to be the best of the three. Lastly, the final cut 'Sorry' just doesn't do much for me. The vocals on this mediocre ballad sound tired and the hook just isn't there but having said this, overall the EP is a great start from a promising band that I hope will keep at it and go on to record full album's worth of material.


In Summary
OFC's MySpace page has downloads of all three songs plus a bunch of extras including an interview, in Spanish of course. Give 'em your support.


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#1 | englandashes on October 09 2008 20:31:17
Sounds interesting!, especially as I have been revisting my childhood this week, by purchasing and listening to 6 ELO cd's (amazed how cheap they are!)
#2 | jeffduran on October 10 2008 03:22:38
Good review! I'll have to check it out!
#3 | gdazegod on October 10 2008 03:57:24
I quite like what I heard over at their Myspace page, amid all the marketing and promotional voiceovers within the music.. lol!
#4 | jefflynnefan on October 15 2008 00:29:30
You'd swear Louis Clark helped them out on some of the songs!
#5 | tonissive on October 16 2008 21:00:24
i have this ep, is only released on vinyl and limited to 500.
could be ordered to turia records in valencia spain
 
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