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Interview:
Upstart L.A. Band Has Local Tie
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Oliver Future’s Noah Lit acknowledges that he was “worried” about his parents’ decision to move from Austin, Texas, to the Detroit area in 2005, when his father Mark took a position as executive director of the Jewish Community Center.

“I was really worried about it until I actually went up there and realized they’re not, like, on Eight Mile or anything,” the singer-guitarist says with a laugh. “They’re up in the lakes and as happy as can be, so it’s fine.

“The only times I’ve gone to (Detroit), the weather is nice and everybody is outside barbecuing. It’s like a big summer camp or something.”

Lit, 29, and his younger brother, singer-keyboardist Josh, subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where they share a house with the other three members of Oliver Future. The group released its sophomore album, “Pax Futura,” in July to a wave of critical thumbs-up for its melodically sophisticated songcraft, and the quintet is talking to a number of record companies — although Lit notes that the band won’t take just any deal that’s offered.

“Obviously if we signed with somebody and they really put their heart and money behind us,” he explains, “they could take us to places in the next sixth months we couldn’t get to on our own. So that’s a tempting idea.

“But, y’know, what we’ve done a lot of things that I think five years ago an unsigned band wouldn’t be allowed to do. We’ve been on (KCRW’s influential) ‘Morning Comes Eclectic.’ We’ve done residencies at big clubs that sold out. There’s a lot of things that are going right, so we want to make sure that whatever deal we sign is one that’s going to get us what we can’t with just me on my laptop.”



Oliver Future, the Gray Kid and Daeastro perform at 10 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 6) at The Belmont, 10215 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. Admission is $7 for ages 18-20, $5 for 21 and over. Call (313) 871-1966 or visit www.thebelmontbar.com.

Web Site: www.thebelmontbar.com

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