I've been in a daze I must admit. My head is in "disconnect" mode as of late. Thinking about seeing music seemed a bit much, could I handle a band like the Futureheads in my current state? They have been one of my favorite bands and I knew I had to suck it up and check these guys from Sunderland, England out. Kicking off their solo show at 11:45 was the first test. Would the industry glitteratti survive the next day [Siouxzie where are you?] The "four-piece with three singers" band is a force. Harmonies rule and the Futureheads use this most effectively on songs like "Robot" and "Decent Days and Nights". My favoritest part is when choruses like "Robot" have Ross Millard's thick Northern almost Proclaimers-esque "I don't mind" which are offset with Barry Hyde's pop-tastic "I have no mind" counter melodies. Bassist Jaff is the perfect third element. Listen to the song and you'll hear the genius of their song writing. They are like a Northern Jam and Housemartins bastard child. Perfect timing thanks to rat-a-tat drummer Dave Hyde meets catchy phrasing. Mega. Next came the classic English band on-stage banter about it being hot in the club. Dude, here's an idea, take off your f*cking blazer! It helps. FYI, rocking out with 200 watt par cans pointed out you equals sweat.
The rest of the night was filled with said band member asking said audience to dance which was not going to happen. Bush-itis was still clouding things. For me, it was too much to get my limbs to move but my head was racing to songs like "The City Is Here For You To Use", "Meantime", "Alms" and "First Day". NYC shows lack a crowd vibe sometimes. We're aloof, the Futureheads even received a tepid response to their comments about persona non grata Bush. But they definitely summed up my feelings with their "F*ck You" encore which was aimed at Dubya. It pretty much consisted of a chorus of "F*ck You". Praise Jesus. Had this show gone down on Nov 1, the place would have been destroyed. Carnage on the dance floor. Futureheads, please come back, we owe you one.