Published on Aspen Daily News Online (http://www.aspendailynews.com)
Futurebirds played a show in the valley opening for a band at the Belly Up during a tour on which they met their current drummer in Colorado.
Their original drummer quit to pursue a career in law and the subsequent two years left Futurebirds feeling like they had lost a paddle. They lost people that were part of what made them a success but they came out stronger on the other side.
While they were on tour in Colorado they met Johnny Lundock, and they took him with them because of his drumming skills. He didn’t have a nickname while he still lived in Colorado but now that he lives away from home – he spends plenty of time talking about the Rocky Mountains and he proudly goes by Johnny Colorado.
Futurebirds is best known for their rocking shows, which often rival the headliner. These days, they are out on the road about half of the time (they expect that to increase however) but they are always writing and creating.
“We all write songs on our own for the most part,” says Johnson. “And then we bring them to the group in various stages of completion. Some songs are completely done, ready to be tracked by the whole band. Some are just skeletons or sections, that then get fleshed out and finished by everyone.”
They say the best thing that ever happened to their band was its formation and the one thing they want to make sure they get to do this summer is see a few baseball games.
Futurebirds are a band that has reached some accomplishments and they are grateful for the fans they have, the bands they’ve met and the festivals that have them (especially festivals that have hand-dipped corndogs). They want to keep being themselves, making music and touring their craft, but they are humble when it comes to what sentiment they want to leave behind when they go.
“It’d be great to just be remembered, whatever the reason,” says Johnson. “I suppose we’d like to be remembered as legends, cause they never die.”