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Formed at the Sunderland City Detached Youth Project, a U.K. organization that encourages wayward youngsters to learn music, the Futureheads further seasoned their post-punk pedigree opening shows for the Pixies and Foo Fighters. Their early

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i was never a major fan of the first album, however the new album has a fresh new sound with some decent tracks


This album typifies the Futureheads and from the first track to the last it shows the cutting edge of their first album along with the maturity of a bands second. Yes/No-8/10 The begiinning of this sounds remarkably similar to Maximo Park's Signal and Sign as the heavy drum beat kicks in there are reminders of their first album as Barry yelps "yes" and "no" at the top of his voice Cope-9/10 This embraces manic riffs from the start to coincide with harmonic backing vocals which 'Heads fans have become accustomed to. Fallout 8/10 It oozes oooohs and aaaaahs in its vocals and is catchy as hell. Skip To The End 10/10- The comeback single is a classic with a jerky guitars and charismatic lyrics make it a corker. Burnt 8/10- Perhaps the most obvious sign of a change from album no 1. It shares similarities of Danger of the Water but has much heavier bass and a stronger chorus News & Tributes 5/10- Title tracks are either brilliant or crap. Sadly this one is a bit of a filler after a few listens. Probably the weakest on the album. Its ok Return Of The Beserker-7/10 I have to say when i first heard this i thought "what the hell?". However, i can see it being a live favourite and is definately a grower on record. Back To The Sea 9/10- One of Ross's strongest songs and he does it brilliant. Oh so catchy and top driving music. Quality bass line with an exuberent chorus. Worry About It Later 7/10 I think this song is great and possibly an 8/10 but they overdo it by making it too drawn out. Im used to short sharp 2 minuters from the Futureheads and they should have cut it short by a minute or so. Favours for Favours 10/10- Wow! dont expect decent days and nights when i say that but this is just quality and so cactchy, romantic and fabulous. Surely 2nd single material! Thursday 8/10 When i first heard this all i could think of for the intro was either Bowie or Beach Boys. Either way its deep and brilliant. Face 9/10 This song has a brilliant unique quality by suddenly birsting into this awesome riff mid song. However, i cant help but think there is a better song in there. 98/110 in total. I rekon this will have a larger appeal than their first effort and anyone who loves the Futureheads will instantly fall in love with this.

Better Than Ever

I aproached this latest offering from one of my favourite bands of the last few years, with tentative strides. The Sunderland Echo and even The Sun had both given it rave reviews, yet the Sunday Times gave it a staggering 1 star out of 5! I'm delighted to say that once again the mighty Sun outshines the Times and this is a great new album from Sunderlands second best band. Each of the songs stands up on their own (perhaps with the exception of "Return of the beserker") and deliver a more measured and melodic approach to the bands highly rated first album. The old trade marks are still in evidence however, some blisteringly paced guitars and some very "Queeny" harnonies in evidence throughout, rest assured that each of these tracks are going to sound fantastic live! There is more than enough quality on this album to suggest that the Futureheads will be around for a long time to come - and I for one certainly hope so.


Formed: 2000 in Sunderland, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Taking the best of post-punk, new wave, and pop as inspiration, Sunderland's Futureheads were among the best of the U.K.'s "angular" movement, which also included Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party. The band began as a trio of vocalist/guitarist Barry Hyde, bassist Jaff, and drummer Pete Brewis. Hyde and Brewis were tutors at a lottery-funded organization called the Sunderland City Detached Youth Project, which aimed to get kids off the street by having them play music instead. The band -- whose members...
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