“The easiest years have come and gone / are you fading away, or are you holding on?” Those lyrics are from a Future Virgins song that came out five years ago. Since then they’ve release two full-lengths and a split 7” with Toys That Kill. Future Virgins aren’t just holding on, they’re digging in, pouring a foundation, and building a cathedral of a catalog that myself—and many others—are gladly finding some solace in. Their records play like heartfelt conversations had with close friends. When it finally comes to an end, you feel like you know and understand each other better. A rare interaction that doesn’t happen nearly enough. It’s a kind of exchange that usually requires either a great tragedy or a joyous celebration to occur. And like Let It Be (Replacements) or Mush (Leatherface), there’s this intense emotional connection while still being flawlessly playable. A flexibility that works in multiple settings, whether it’s being played as background music to laughter and beers cracking, or alone time, thinking time. The Future Virgins are more than any specification could ever grant them. College rock, power pop, even region rock, would all sell them short. It’s just extraordinary music, that’s being played through a DIY punk filter. In the turbulent seas of negativity, depression, and nihilism: this is hope for the punks.
–Daryl Gussin (Recess)