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Challenge of the Future

We mentioned recently that Lycaon Pictus have come out of hibernation for their first album in four years. Two of the members, Aaron Diskin and Simon Marcus, used to be in 90's band Challenge of the Future (formerly Boba Fett Experience) with Nick Zinner who formed Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who have a new album on the way) when CotF broke up in 2001. Challenge of the Future are getting back together to play Union Pool on February 22 and it's for a special cause. Aaron Diskin explains:

My dear friend Sebastian Quezada passed away too young. And he left behind a beautiful daughter, Isa! She looks just like a young him! She is magic, just like him.

A few months ago Nik Zinner suggested we get the old band back together and stage a benefit for Isa's college fund. A couple of hours on the internet, and everybody was discovered: Seth Prouty has been space mining platinum on the far side of Uranus. Mike Guy we found editing an anarchist broadsheet out of DeMoine. Simon Marcus was easy to find: he was in the doghouse. And me? Well, I've been on the wedding circuit.

We're playing with Daddy, who're reuniting too for this event! Seb's buddies Laurel and Matt Katz-Bohen will be rockin' it, as well as Gavin Russom, on the flaming wheels of steel!

As Sebastian's least favorite of my bands, Challenge of the Future simply isn't techno enough. We will however play. Sebastian Vive!

Tickets for the Challenge of the Future reunion are $25 and go on sale today (2/8) at noon. You can listen to some Challenge of the Future here. Flyer below.

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Lycaon Pictus - "I Give You A Rose" (MP3)

Lycaon Pictus

Back in the '90s/early '00s, an art punk band by the name of Challenge of the Future existed in NYC, and upon their breakup in 2001, guitarist Nick Zinner went on to focus entirely on his other band, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (maybe you've heard of them), and two other members, Aaron Diskin and Simon Marcus, formed Lycaon Pictus. (Aaron also plays in Klezmer punk band Golem.) Lycaon Pictus released three full lengths since forming, and after having taken a four year break, they're set to return this year with their fourth album. A title and release date are still TBA, but the band have revealed their first new single, "I Give You A Rose," a cut indebted to the manic art punk of Pere Ubu and the repetitive layering of David Bowie's "Heroes." You can download that song above or download it below.

The band also appear live as themselves performing that song in the new Austin Chick-written/directed film Girls Against Boys (starring Danielle Panabaker, Nicole LaLiberte, and more). That film is in theaters now and you can see it in NYC at Quad Cinema. Trailer video below.

Meanwhile, the other post-CotF project, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, have a new album coming out this year too.

Video and song stream below...

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