The Future Systems Group is the world's first completely virtual band. The system has only one CPU: a transhumanist axe-slinger who dreams of becoming a fully-cybernetic organism and - through the power of technorock - multiplies himself using a variety of technological devices, showing many faces at once, snarling in many voices at once, venting many frustrations at once. He believes that the Latter-day Luddites are wrong: The Virtual World will be a better world! And here is its soundtrack:
HI-TENSION WIRES EP (2005): Plug & Pray / Wardance 2005 / Guitar Man
DREAM INVASION (2004): Dream Invaders / Captain Cyborg / Hotel Heaven / Military Manoeuvres / Arguing In Circles / Why Don't UFO / Somethin' 'Bout Adolf / In Trouble With The Headmaster / Baby My Life Just Crashed (Again) / Yawning Heads / Just Like Nothing On Earth / Celebrity Scientists / The Recurring Dream
TRADING INSULTS, TRADING ARMS (2002) : American History / Insults & Arms / (Post) Modern Woman / The Planet Where The Future Never Happens / Spermicide / U-turn & U-bend / (The One You Call) Your Girlfriend Is An Alien / The Ballad of Big Al / Breaking Up Is Easy To Do / The Grand Ekranoplan / The Android That Weeps Crocodile Tears / Nightmare Gibberish / SOS Same Old Song
WELCOME TO DREAMLAND (2000): Things Can Only Get Bigger / Stealth Tax Fighter / Cybersex / Alone / Dig That Space Rock / The Future Will Cover My Bones / Deep Down You're Dying / Metal Makes Us Strong / Invasion Of The Body Piercers / If I Can't Screw You Then Screw You / Rescued By Titanic / Don't Fly With Spanish Fly / Coronation Day / Yanbu Blues / Anti-blues
METALICUS FUTURISTICUS (1999): Get This Metal Movin' / Life Is One Long Goodbye / Metalicus Futuristicus / Nano-robotronix / Ghosts In Machines / Subterranean Starsick Blues / Brain-jammed / Wardance ETI / Genetically Modified / The Engine / The Bug / It's Great To Be Dead / The Kid That Never Told A Lie
DIGITAL MIXOMATOSIS (1999): Say It With Bombers / Uncanny / V-Weapon Syndrome / When A Child Isn't Born / Machine Intelligence / Space Train Shuffle / The Science of Fiction / Bass & Vile / Lost Our Milky Way / Nothing Brings Me Happiness / Slaves To Future Systems / And So We Stand On Mars
First appeared in the wild in UK cyberspace in late 1998. Mutated through 5 stages, each of increasing technological sophistication, before attaining fully polymorphic status in 2005. Spread rapidly through various platforms. Infection virulent. Effect infectious. Payload deadly - often induces total system failure.
STAGES: the first stage is incipient Digital Mixomatosis (June 1999) which in the second stage is aggravated by Metalicus Futuristicus (Nov 1999); in the third stage, a Welcome To Dreamland (July 2000) is followed by a violent outbreak of Insults & Arms (2002). Last fully-developed phase is Dream Invasion (2004), though there are signs of a subsequent onset of Hi-tension Wires (2005).
No. I don't even like live music particularly. Certainly don't like live albums. Anyway, there's only one of me, and most of his parts have been replaced several times over.
Lots of old punk, classic rock and metal bands: Stranglers, BOC, Hawkwind, Lizzy, Maiden, Megadeth, and I also have a taste for "widdly" guitar players (Satch, Yngwie, Jason Becker, Frank Gambale). As far as rhythm-playing goes,not so much "crashing guitars" as "crunching guitars"!
Drum machines, Jackson guitars, Fender Strats. Korg synth. Any digital guitar processing gizmo I can get my hands on.
To Thine Own Self Be Undecidable