[Cover photo credit to Anna Lee Media]       

Indie-Rock band Filligar have just released their eighth album, Future Self, following a seven year hiatus, via the band’s label, Decade Records. Lead single “The Force of the Feeling and “At Sea,” with an accompanying lyric video, have already been released. The Chicago-born band features Casey Gibson (piano/keys) and the three Mathias brothers: Johnny (guitar/vocals), Teddy (bass) and Pete (drums).

Their new 11-track LP was recorded almost entirely during the pandemic, from home and various locations before being mixed and mastered at Chicago’s Gravity Studios and San Diego’s Singing Serpent. Doug McBride took the reins mixing and mastering Future Self, while additional mixing and production was helmed by Casey Gibson, Grey Taxon and Daniel Farnsworth.

The band comments:

Future Self came from a collection of ideas that lived on notebooks and hard-drives over the past few years. Like many, we had to adapt our process during quarantine—sending files across the country from room to room—and are more excited to share this album than any before. We had a lot of fun writing this one. 

Filligar has had the honor of taking on the role of cultural ambassadors to the United States Department of State, visiting Russia, Kuwait, Guyana and Azerbaijan. Filligar’s world travels have ushered in performances in various climates and settings, playing in front of foreign dignitaries and community leaders, leading workshops, joining other bands and ensembles, high school music classes and elementary schools, a rehabilitation center for the physically and mentally disabled, and an orphanage. These tours were “all in the spirit of togetherness and spreading positivity while sharing American culture in person beyond what locals may observe on television”.