To say that the Poison Control Center’s Sad Sour Future is one of the finest albums you will hear this year is such a misguided response to its soaring ambition that we might as well pack it in right now.
Over 2008 and into 2009, the band’s four members living in four different cities tethered their relationship by periodically exchanging a demo-of-the-day to document their daily life. During a week in May of 2009, these four songwriters hauled over 40 songs a collective 1500 miles from their respective homes to a turn of the century schoolhouse on the Mississippi River filled with analog recording equipment.
The result is a double-album encompassing the motions and emotions of separation, loss, and the struggles of leaving your 20’s behind and growing older in your own skin, this from a band described as “dynamic, versatile, and just a little bit frightening.” (KEXP).
Being here now where we are constantly engaged in external input, Sad Sour Future considers that our hearts are not made of gold and we should ignore this bombardment of information generated by others and look at ourselves, being weary of our future. At each track the album is a page turn in a book giving you new perspective about life, language, being lonely, being unlonely, and feeling death, until you can ultimately feel your birth. Sad Sour Future doesn’t merely tug at heartstrings, it holds on tight, threatening to snap them by the end, a 71-minute experience.
Seeing the band live has always been an out of hand interactive adventure. Whether the band is sharing the stage with Apples In Stereo on tour, at a festival opening for the Flaming Lips or Public Enemy, or just in humid basement at your buddy’s house! That sweaty element of real danger finds its way on to the grooves of Sad Sour Future.
Sad Sour Future made many year end top list including KEXP fan voting. We Hate Music DM listeners voted it the top album of the year.
What they said about it: "If a not-unhealthy respect for its elders and maybe one too many catchy numbers all in a row are the worst things one can level at Poison Control Center, clearly this is a band worth getting familiar with."
-- Pitchfork Media 7.4