Future Girls (New Music 2016)

One guitarist's songwriting outlet becomes a real group.

Gary Peacock

After his longtime Halifax three-piece pop-punk band The Fat Stupids split last year, guitarist Matt Grace (Outtacontroller) still had songs kicking around that he wanted to play. He asked his partner Heather Grant to start a new band, and then they added her Crossed Wire bandmate Dewayne Shanks, plus good buddy Coleman Johnson (The Scoop Outs). Future Girls was soon playing Monday night open-mic $Rockin' 4 Dollar$, and they still do, as the songwriting duties grow. "Heather helps with lyrics and vocal harmonies for added dynamics," says Grace. "But the different viewpoints are always interesting so it's important that everyone in the band has an opportunity to contribute." In April, Future Girls released an EP called (The) Problem of Motivation, recorded by Tri Le, and they channel bands like Tenement, RVIVR, Plumtree, Sloan and Hüsker Dü. They will play Ottawa Explosion in June before getting back to the Future Girls full-length this fall.

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