The Futureheads





Northern England, the UK rain capital, never sounded like so much fun. Sunderland's The Futureheads have taken advantage of all that time indoors avoiding the weather, listening to the Jam, Clash, Housemartins and Devo records, learning how to channel the boredom into constructing pop gems. Killer tracks like "Robot", "Carnival Kids", "Stupid and Shallow" and stand-out single "Decent Days and Nights" pound their way into your brain's "favorites" tab. Bounding from edgy simplicity to booming choruses, it's a constant rush of tension and relief. The whole record in an insta-party™, 15 songs in 36 minutes. No frivolous meandering, straight to the point, the record drips with accents, swagger, and energy that will make you want to pogo all night and wake up the next noon and do it all again. In context, this has a nostalgic vibe for the older set reading this review, but that's any easy excuse to pigeon hole bands by name-checking their influences. This self-titled record is beyond that. A mere starting point. Where they are heading is the future. Pun intended.

The Futureheads
StarTime International Records

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The Futureheads