Saturday, May 19, 2012
The Futureheads: Rant (2012)
Of all those poppy-yet-angular Brit dance-rock bands of the early aughts - y'now Franz Ferdinand, The Killers*, Bloc Party et al - The Futureheads (see HERE) always seemed like the one most likely to have, well...a future.
That said, I sure as hell didn't see this new a cappela album, Rant, coming. If I had, I'd have feared it would sound like a Scottish Manhattan Transfer or the Proclaimers quintuplets! Instead, it's fucking brilliant! Sure the cheeky set list - The Black Eyed Peas, Richard Thompson, Kelis and Sparks (as well as a batch of traditional tunes and Futureheads classics) - is meant to catch press attention but the boys, whose vocals work has always been stellar, have created something that is much more than a curio. Granted like Chumbawamba and The Housemartins before them this is likely to be an anomaly in their discography but a glorious one.
HERE), which seems like the best way to promote this album. If anyone comes into possession of a decent live recording of any show form this tour please contact me!
* Yes I know they weren't British but it wasn't for a lack of trying on their part.