Future Leaders of the World

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Future Leaders of the World
Origin Little Rock, Arkansas;
Buffalo, New York, United States
Genres Post-grunge
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts Evanescence, Soul Embraced, Mindrage
Website Machina
Members Phil Taylor
John LeCompt
Thad Ables
Rocky Gray
Past members Justin Carder
Jack Wiese

Future Leaders of the World is a rock band formed in 2003. The band released their debut album, LVL IV in 2004, before going through a period of being named Machina, featuring former Evanescence members guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray. After a hiatus, the band reformed in 2014 and released another album under the "Future Leaders of the World" name, Reveal, in March 2015.


Formation and LVL IV[edit]

Future Leaders of the World was formed by guitarist and singer Phil Taylor, who formed the group in Buffalo, New York with drummer Carl Messina and bassist Toby Cole. Taylor recorded a demo with Shawn Rivera of Az Yet and executive producer Allan Fray in Los Angeles. At a later time, Jake Stutevoss was also added on guitar. The group signed with Epic Records and released a full-length album, LVL IV. The album reached No. 153 on the Billboard 200[1] on the strength of the US hit singles "Let Me Out" (No. 6 Mainstream Rock, No. 32 Modern Rock Charts ) and "Everyday" (No. 30 Mainstream Rock).[2] The group toured with groups such as Shinedown, Seether, Crossfade, Chevelle, and Alter Bridge, but during their dates on the Sno-Core tour, they learned that Epic planned to dissolve their contract, and the group disbanded. However, in 2009, the former vocalist Phil Taylor announced on their MySpace blog that he began the project again. Their new songs can be heard on their MySpace website.[3] The band has released an EP titled Delirium with 3 tracks from the upcoming new full album titled Reveal. This EP includes an acoustic version of "Let Me Out" as well. The band's current line-up includes Jeremy "13" on bass, Ian Severson on guitar, Russell Bullock on drums, and frontman Phil Taylor.


Taylor and with former Evanescence members John LeCompt (guitar), Rocky Gray (drums), along with Jack Wiese (guitar) and Thad Ables (bass) formed a new band, Machina. Since the departure of Gray and LeCompt from Evanescence in May 2007, the band has kept up a relentless touring schedule and finished a full-length record produced and mixed by Toby Wright at the SoundKitchen in Nashville, TN. The lead single "Trust" received moderate airplay on radio stations across the US and has yet to release a second single.[4]

In 2012, Machina has signed to Rogue Records America and released their debut album "To Live and Die in the Garden of Eden" on October 9 which is available in both digitally and physically on iTunes and CMDistro.com. In the end of the same year, Machina has toured at 16 places in US for 3 weeks, been filmed by the reality TV show "The Making of Rockstars", produced and directed by David DeLay. The filming continues through the tour in 2013, which is expected to be aired in the late same year.

2013: The Return of Future Leaders of the World[edit]

After a brief hiatus the band reformed in 2013 and began touring and writing new music. In 2014 the band signed with Chicago-based Pavement Entertainment. The new album "Reveal" is set for a March 10, 2015 release date and is led by the first single "Live Again". The band wrapped up a full tour with fellow rockers Saliva and will embark on a tour of Japan and full USA tour to coincide with the release of "Reveal".


Studio albums
  • LVL IV (2004)
  • To Live And Die in the Garden of Eden (as Machina) (2012)
  • Reveal (2015)
  • Machina EP (2007)
  • Delirium EP (2009)
  • Bootlegs & B-Sides (2009)


Future Leaders of the World
  • Phil Taylor - Vocals
  • Ian Severson - Guitar
  • Jarred Mosely - Bass
  • Russell Bullock - Drums
Former members
  • Toby Cole - Bass
  • Jake Stutevoss - Guitar, Backup Vocals
  • Bill Hershey - Bass
  • Justin Carder - drums
  • Jack Wiese - Guitar, Backup vocals
  • Jeremy "13" - Bass


  1. ^ Billboard, AllMusic
  2. ^ Billboard Singles, AllMusic
  3. ^ Future Leaders of the World, AllMusic
  4. ^ "John LeCompt Tours With His New Hard Rock/Alternative Band Machina". Fox Business. February 1, 2008. Archived from the original on February 6, 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2008. 

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