The name “Futureheads” seem strange for a band who obviously take a cue from 80’s era English bands such as The Jam and The Clash. Digging a little deeper, one learns that this four-piece band from Sunderland actually take their name from a Flaming Lips record, “Hit to Death in the Future Head”. Does this make things a little clearer? I didn’t think so.
What is clear is their music, straight ahead pop songs like “The Beginning of the Twist” and “Walking Backwards”. It is enough to get a club bouncing, or at least the first 50 rows of folks who braved a light rain at the White Stage. The band was tight, in-tune, and definitely channeling the golden era of English music, paying homage to important predecessors like the Buzzcocks.
“This is not the world” and “Radio Heart” have become bonafide hits on the band’s latest record. College mates, Barry Hyde (vocals/ guitar), Jaff (bass), and Peter Brewis (drums), along up with Ross Millard (vocals/guitar) have definitely hit their stride 8 years after forming as a group and their fine performance mean their latest record definitely deserves to be a part of your record collection. Photos by Takumi
Reported by Sean Scanlan (2008.08.01 / 12:03)