Stay Gold and Meet…Future Burnouts


I was always kind of disappointed by the original soundtrack from the 1982 film version of The Outsiders. I mean I love Elvis, and Stevie, but watching it 30 or so years later it’s hard not to want something better. But if they are ever going to do a remake of The Outsiders I’m adding “Into Your Heart” by Future Burnouts to my Outsiders soundtrack.

This trio from North Carolina plays classic rock and roll with a doo-wop surf bent. They sound like the Violent Femmes playing power pop out of the garage. It’s catchy stuff and they would fit in nicely on Hidden Volume or King Pizza Records (hint, hint).

We caught up with the band to find out a bit more….

We are….

Jordan Minor (guitar, lead vocals, and part time wordsmith)
Dylan “Pete Za” Metz (drums, ideas, part time wordsmith)
Ben theman Culbreath (bass, backing vocals, sanity provider)

People say we sound like….

The band that we have most been compared to is The Beach Boys…
And more accurately “a heavier” beach boys

How did you become Future Burnouts and what’s with the name?

We were booked for a show that night through a friends band and were still nameless…. So we entertained many different ideas, and during rehersal there is a line in the first sing we wrote together “I think I’m a future burnout” so almost immediately Dylan was like hey let’s go by that! So as we walked on stage it was like “Hey we’re Future Burnouts” and it seemed right

As far as meaning…the song is kind of a self deprecating but also satirical view on our current lives and the things that maybe upset us. So in a way in the name is kind of like satire.

We are originally from…..

Concord, NC (right outside of Charlotte)

Tell about the scene in Charlotte…

Surprisingly young…not in a sense of young musicians but as an actual community things of recent are really starting to pick up. There is a really cool non-profit label called Croquet Records that started and has really brought bands and music lovers together.

On a genre specific note; Punk and hardcore has been around in Charlotte since the early eighties but with the new folk revival it kind of teetered off there for a bit… In the past few years though there has been a resurgence in punk/garage bands. Which is awesome! Awesome venues like Snug Harbor and The Milestone really cater to those artists.

What music has had an influence on your sound?

Such a tough question! It’s so hard not to say everything! So kind of…..Everything.

But more specific to Future Burnouts it is anything with a pop sensibility. So that ranges from early Chuck Berry, Pet Sounds era Beach Boys and even up to artists like Lorde. We love Lorde.

Tell us about your live show…

Weird, Wild, and Wacky stuff.
It is always changing up and always kind of off the cuff. We use a lot of lo-fi stage decor….like party store ghosts, We have a hand painted banner, and we sometimes throw confetti on fans or have released huge balloons from the ceiling.

So that stuff is fun and we just do it for the sake of a good time , but we are really a live band. We recorded the EP almost completely live, we do our best with a crowd of people, it’s just our wheelhouse. It’s usually non-stop 30 minute sets. with little banter in between songs, kind of like an old Ramones type show. It can be weird and we’ve been told when we start playing people are either totally into it or have no clue what’s going on…which is cool with us.

What’s the most difficult part of being in a band?

We get along really well, we are all best friends and the band means everything to us.
So I think the most difficult part is NOT being together enough. We could play music everyday or hangout all day and we’d be happy.


What do you make of the music industry right now?

It’s awesome! It’s so accessible and being independent and in charge of yourself is easier than ever. It reminds me of the early indie scenes when bands were just starting to do things on their own and without management BECAUSE their tunes weren’t commercial enough for a major label. Now on the other end of that it’s so easy for bands to do things on their own with bandcamp and the interwebz, almost every aspect of it can be done independently.

Our most memorable gig ever was….

Our first show was a house show. All of our friends knew we had a band but didn’t really have the chance to come see us. We did a lot of hoping on bills and such but this was the first time people could really get an idea for who we were. And it was a real last minute deal, we invited everyone over like 5 hours ahead of time and by the end of the night we had kids looking on from staircases and pouring out into the garage looking in. It was wild and the best time, everyone just kept inviting their friends over and throughout the set we could see the crowd growing,; so cool.

Growing up, at home we listened to…..

I (Jordan) was surrounded by classic county. All day. Some of those songs were so well written though! Growing up in NC we all kind of had that a bit and we still jam some early Willie Nelson or the occasional Merle Haggard.

What tunes are currently on heavy rotation for you…

Okay here is a top playlist for the band…. no order

“Hellhole Ratrace” – Girls
“The Man in Me” – Bob Dylan
“All Kindsa Girls” – The Real Kids
“Outta my System” – My Morning Jacket
“Not you Again” – Dinosaur Jr.
“Boyfriend” – Best Coast … We sing that one to each other 😉
“Reefer’ – Two Man Gentleman Band
“Nice Dresses” – Single Mothers
“South of France” – Harlem
“Deer”- Manchester Orchestra
“Ghost with a Boner” – Diarrhea Planet

If you could open for any band right now who would that be and why?

FIDLAR….those guys are L-I-V-I-N

If you could only bring ONE record (you can all answer if you like) in the tour van what would it be?

Z – My Morning Jacket

When you’re not playing and have some time off, where could we find you…

Having a beer in someones garage or basement and always L-I-V-I-N

The one thing we want you to remember while you’re listening to our music….

Imagine you’re with your best pals and you are either going to catch a wave or catch a buzz. Alright, alright, alright.

What’s up for 2015/2016?

We’ll be on tour nonstop starting in the Fall. We are working on our second release already, so that’ll be out sometime in 2016. Lots of lo-fi music videos. But really look out for us if we come to your town, we probably need a floor to sleep on.

Future Burnouts – Twitter

Photos by Jeff Howlett

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Domestic now, but spent early to late 80s playing drums in a hair metal band in Toronto. Since then I've lost the hair and have found new ways to scratch the rock and roll itch.

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