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Chronic Future

Chronic Future was formed by four teenaged musicians in Phoenix in the mid-'90s. After building up a strong local following, the group released their independent eponymous debut in 1996 and had a local radio hit with their odd homage to the valley of the sun, "Scottsdale." Averaging 13 years of age, the members of Chronic Future (vocalist Mike Busse, drummer Barry Collins, guitarist/vocalist Ben Collins, and bassist Brandon Lee) produced a very timely brand of pop-inflected rap-rock that echoed 311, Rage Against the Machine, and other alternative radio hit makers. This timeliness and the group's energetic live performances made them hometown heroes with the Phoenix-area rock set, establishing an unheard of momentum for such a young group of musicians. Chronic Future, while lyrically amateur and slightly derivative overall, still demonstrated that these youngsters had a grip on the craft of songwriting and controlled their instruments with the deftness of players twice their age. Things were heating up business-wise after the success of the band's debut, but the quartet wisely took its time, went to school, and focused on growing up and perfecting their musical skills before eventually signing with Beyond Music at the end of the decade. The brand new label (started as an offshoot from the huge Left Bank music management company) actually chose Chronic Future as their first signing. Chronic Future now had the means to record a much more professionally produced follow-up to their spirited but somewhat messy debut. The dynamically superior 4 Elements was released exactly four years after the homegrown Chronic Future, and the band got to support the effort with several tours opening for the likes of Face to Face and other big national draws. With a tighter sound, 4 Elements has a cohesiveness and maturity that completely overshadows the band's debut, but the disc still failed to project an entirely individual, accomplished vision. Released in 2000, the major-label debut was a little too scattered to be seriously considered along with more successful rap-rock artists, but the guys were still very young and there were some hopeful signs for the future. Chief among them is the impressive vocal work of Busse, the Arizonan's flow showed considerable improvement on 4 Elements, as did his singing. Collins' guitar playing also added some fine riffing that proved to also be much improved. Chronic Future deserve credit for their considerable accomplishments at such a young age, and seem to possess the potential to rival their genre's premier bands. It's not certain that rap-rock or metal will remain as popular as it was in the late '90s and Chronic Future still have some catching up to do. But if history is any indication, it's hard to count these guys out. They possess the talent, instincts, and work ethic to make things happen, so alt-rock fans shouldn't be surprised if the name Chronic Future begins spilling frequently from the lips of modern rock fans and DJs around America. ~ Vincent Jeffries, Rovi
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I need to find out where these guys are now, loved them for years
People have no idea what they're missing, Chronic Future is a GREAT band one of my favorites for sure.
My favorite band of all time. Been listening to them for about 6+ years. Never get old to me.
One of my favorite bands. Love thier approach on the Rapcore genre. I hope they return from thier hiatus and start making some new stuff based on more raw rap rock than electronica. Of This and Of That was, how do I put this...... okay? Thier most recent EP was terrible, so they need to switch back.
4 Elements is a classic n by far 1 of da best MC's of all time.
Ryan from Cornell turned me on to these guys back at Hops on Shea. still listen and love it!
Pandora needs more of their discography, period.
These guys are awesome, my favorite band of all time. Pandora needs their limited release album, Of This and of That
I agree with Alex....
i went to high school with all of then in scottsdale
Arent those two diffrent bands? sorry i was trying to be funny and ironic
B/c either they're criticized for their new stuff sucking, or being static and unchanging (see: Linkin Park vs. Staind)
I'd agree with lacrossewalk , their new stuff is a little too much for me. Still love Chronic though <3

Why does that seem like the case for a lot of bands these days?
beefycow2001
My favorite band by far =). Wish the Chronic Future station that I made actually played some of their songs...
This was probably one of my favorite bands until the release of the new EP... not that it's bad, it is just... different. Which I guess is what they're all about but I'm not really into the super electronica stuff.

Still great band.
How about their first album? Couldn't believe middle-schoo l e r s could rock like that!
I love Chronic Future favorie band!
k.os.hybryd
How come their other albums aren't up? Chronic Future is the best. I make everyone I know listen to them.

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