Future Bible Heroes to release their past, and present, music this summer

Future Bible Heroes. Photo by Kimberly Butler
Future Bible Heroes. Photo by Kimberly Butler

So you never heard of Future Bible Heroes, even though their second album, “Eternal Youth,” has been around for more than a decade.

Or maybe you have heard of them and you’re wondering why I’m presuming you know less about them than I do. Forgive me. There are billions of bands out there, and this one happened to slip under my radar.

The point is, if you (like me) have not heard of the lo-fi band, the main thing you need to know is that it’s a project created by the Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt. And that should be all you need to know.

Merritt writes songs that are acerbic, darkly funny, sometimes just dark, but nearly always witty. Consider the parenting advice in “Drink Nothing But Champagne,” from the upcoming album “Partygoing”:

“Children, drink nothing but champagne

It makes life shorter

Than drinking water”

Parent of the year!

The good news is, if you, like me, are unfamiliar with the genius that is the Future Bible Heroes, this summer you can play catch-up. Not only does “Partygoing” come out June 4, but Merge Records also plans to release the band’s three full-lengths and some EP tracks  as “Memories of Love, Eternal Youth and Partygoing.”

That won’t get you anywhere close to the full canon of material written by Merritt, but you can get caught up on some of his projects. See how it compares to the Magnetic Fields’ classic “69 Love Songs.”

You DO have “69 Love Songs,” right?


Oh, dear.

While you wait for June 4 to approach, have a listen to FBH’s new single, “Living, Loving, Partygoing”:

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