We were so excited when Future Hits came to perform at saki for an Epitonic saki Session. After Matt Baron's success with Coach House Sounds, where he recorded bands in his home, we were more than gracious to find that Baron had been stirring up a project in his spare time: Future Hits.
Uniquely adaptable for a classroom, library, or rock club setting, Future Hits defies the laws of family music. Future Hits spawned from a lightbulb moment by rock musician, Coach House Sounds founder and Chicago Public School teacher Matt Baron. Since March 2011, Baron's method of imbedding creativity and culture into the classroom with fuzzy, poppy tunes has evolved into over forty songs as well as performances outside of the school setting.
Baron teamed up with Emma Hospelhorn (Hollows, New Millennium Orchestra) and Ben Sutherland (assistant professor of audio arts at Columbia College) to form Future Hits. The band exists as a natural extension of the music Matt started writing for teaching with at two Chicago Public Schools. Future Hits recorded their debut album, "Songs for Learning", with Mark Greenberg (Coctails, Wilco, Andrew Bird).
Matt Baron - vocals/guitar
Emma Hospelhorn - bass/vocals/flute
Ben Sutherland - drums/vocals/glockenspiel
Mark Greenberg - engineer/wurlitzer/harmonicas/organ/melodica
Jack Baron - saxophones
Nathaniel Braddock - electric guitar
Little Miss Ann - vocals
Nick Kabat - drums
TimeOut Chicago Kids says...
"Baron’s easy-on-the-ears voice meshes perfectly with mellow acoustic songs like 'Night Moon.' Switching gears on the punk-inspired 'Cross the Street,' he sounds more Johnny Ramone than John Mayer, teaching [suffixes] through shouted choruses and drum beats." - Lily Hansen
The Huffington Post says...
"Already heavily involved with the Chicago music scene as a founder of Coach House Sounds and a musician with a couple of bands, [Chicago Public Schools teacher] Baron has always had a knack for music, so it's really only natural that it would begin to seep into his lesson plans. And it's also not surprising that the music, hardly resembling 'KidzBop'-type jams, is actually really good." - Joseph Erbentraut