The Plague is a “Futurepunk” band from Rochester, NY. They recently released their debut album, Hope For the F.U.T.U.R.E. earlier this month, and I’m so excited to say that it’s a unique and very well-executed album. The Plague’s goal is to “Instill hope and a sense that you aren’t alone. We all deserve love, we all need support, and no one should have to do it alone”, and that is an absolutely admirable goal. Luckily, they succeeded in their goal as the album is phenomenal both thematically and musically.
Right from the get-go, it’s apparent that The Plague is a very melodic band. The digital futuristic/robotic theme allows for a lot of bizarre sound effects which The Plague didn’t short themselves on, and it really provides a unique atmosphere for the songs to live within.
Not The Only One is the second track on the album (the first is sort of an introduction, however). This song has a great vibe, it’s very upbeat, and it delivers a positive message through both its lyrics and instrumentation. The vocal line is very melodic and catchy, the chord progression is happy, and there are some very nice guitar riffs throughout the piece. This song really sets the vibe for rest of the album.
Antidote was another favorite track of mine. It makes use of some robotic voice modifications to continue to build on the futuristic theme of the album. The main guitar riff on this track is another that immediately stuck out to me for its catchy and intense nature. Halfway through this song it dials the intensity back a bit, supplying some keys and guitar strumming to fill the space. Then as some electronic drums enter in, the song builds up. This build up leads to the incredible high-energy final section of this piece, featuring more awesome riffing.
Best year of your life is just an extremely happy song. “Behind you may be darkness, so your future shines as bright as the stars”, serves as hope for those who feel like nothing matters, no matter how hard they try. This song is extremely uplifting, contains beautiful instrumentation including some extremely pretty orchestral elements and synths, and has some absolutely incredible vocals and vocal harmonies.
This album is phenomenal. It’s extremely unique, with its “futurepunk” genre and digital/futuristic thematic elements. It’s a wonderful example of a well-executed unique idea, which I can’t say I come across all that often. In addition, the album radiates a wonderful and positive message, which is something the world can certainly never have too much of. I’ll be jamming this album for the next few weeks I’m sure.