In the latest episode of “How Do Bands Survive,” Future Thieves visited Hotel Utah in San Francisco. The band was energetic and entertaining. The sound system was well beyond the fidelity of larger venues in the Bay Area. And the patrons were appreciative and respectful. It was an enjoyable experience.
But the math is not good. Future Thieves is based more than 2,000 miles from San Francisco (Nashville). The capacity of Hotel Utah is between 90 and 150, depending upon your source. With a $10 entrance fee for the less-than-capacity crowd to a show that included a second performer, we were reminded of the trailer of the documentary of Musicbed – “Make” is a film “about the things we make and the things that make us.” The trailer is included at the bottom of this post.
At Hotel Utah, Future Thieves played a combination of material from the debut album “Horizon Line” and songs that will be included on an upcoming album release. The new material was at least as strong as the songs their fans have been enjoying. The setlist did not include “Secret,” but Future Thieves outperformed the digital versions of “Nightmares” and other songs from “Horizontal Lines.”
Future Thieves is Elliot Collett (vocals and rhythm guitar), Austin McCool (guitar), Nick Goss (bass), and Gianni Gibson (drums). We weren’t able to get an acceptable picture Gibson at Hotel Utah, so the pictures embedded in this post include one taken when we saw the band in Austin during SXSW 2016.
|Future Thieves during SXSW|
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