Band of the Day


The Future Laureates

Unabashed, vibrant folk-rock from the heart of the Windy City
It’s the same damn story that they always tell, sheep go to heaven and you and me, well…We plot our great escape infinite miles away.
lyrics from Sinners and Saints

The Future Laureates are Danny Surico (vocals and guitar), Matthew Daigler (vocals and ukulele), James Hyde (bass and vocals), Andrew Bockelman (lead guitar and vocals) and Rob Durkee (drums). Their new EP Here and After officially released on September 23rd. For the EP, they teamed up with Grammy-nominated producer Chris Grainger, best known for albums with Wilco, Switchfoot, and Sixpence None the Richer (including hits "Kiss Me" and "There She Goes"). On Here and After, the band delves into a variety of new subject matter, ranging from an apocalyptic escape, to modern love songs, to a eulogy of Don Quixote, told from the perspective of his loyal servant. They also flex some new musical muscles, pulling from their influences in modern rock, classic pop, rhythmic folk, and 60's soul.

The Future Laureates have played over six years of local and regional shows, highlighted by performances at SXSW, CMJ and Summerfest, along with airplay on hundreds of college radio stations across North America. In past years the band has shared crowds with the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, hellogoodbye, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, and Dawes.