Collarbones drops a new album inspired by queer theory

Words by Mariah Papadopoulos

A Sydney-Adelaide electro-pop collab.

Electro-pop duo, Collarbones, has announced two shows ahead of its album release.

Futurity gets its name from a term used by queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz, who uses the word to describe the way queer minorities use aesthetics as a way to envision possible futures and utopian modes of being.

“It’s this imaginary space to which I return when I try to unpack my romantic instincts,” says Marcus Whale, one half of the duo.

Whale, from Sydney, met the duo’s other half Travis Cook from Adelaide, on an online message board when they were both still in high school. The two corresponded via MSN before forming Collarbones 11 years ago.

The new album is all about devotion and romantic hope for the future. It features highs and lows, with hard-hitting electronic beats offset by a few gentle ballads.

Futurity marks the band’s first full-length release since 2014 and they return to the stage for two headline performances later in the month. They’ll play at The Curtin in Melbourne on September 21, and in Sydney at the Lansdowne on September 27.


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