The Futureheads

The Futureheads


Originally released: 2004
Warner Music Group



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If Franz Ferdinand is your favorite new Scottish band, then its recent touring partners the Futureheads may likely be your next British beloved. Hailing from northeast England, this anxious young quartet shares similar New Wave leanings but proves to be even more tightly wound. As fidgety guitars collide with rapid-fire harmonies over pogo-inducing drums, guitarist Barry Hyde yelps excitedly in his unapologetically thick accent. His bandmates answer, crowding his vocals in a Brit-punk call-and-response. On "First Day," they sing happily about showing up for a dream job, and as the pressure mounts, so does the tempo, until the track ends in a blur of conflicting cries. The band avoids romance until a ransacked rendition of Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love" explodes in a burst of hectic yearning. The Futureheads reclaim pop punk from the Warped Tour crowd -- and revive it in the process.

BARRY WALTERS
(Posted Nov 11, 2004)




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