THE FUTUREHEADS – THIS IS NOT THE WORLD – ALBUM OUT TODAY! BOWERY BALLROOM JUNE 17
ONE OFF SHOW AT THE BOWERY BALLROOM JUNE 17!!!
Free Download of “Broke Up The Time”
The Futureheads formed in 2000, in Sunderland. More specifically, in Barry’s garage really. The line-up of the band at that point was Jaff (Bass, Vocals), Barry Hyde (Guitar, Vocals), Ross Millard (Guitar, Vocals), and Peter Brewis, now of cerebral pop-masterpiece-makers Field Music.
After playing a million and one hometown shows, the Futuremen took the show on the road with a massive helping hand from Slampt Records’ Milky Wimpshake. A tour of Squats and Youth Centres in Central Europe came in summer 2001, due to which the band switched out drummers. In place of Peter Brewis ambled a young pretender, Mr David Hyde (Drums, Vocals).
Several singles followed – the first, Nul Book Standard, can now be seen casually hanging out on eBay from time to time. A relationship with the lovely people at Fantastic Plastic briefly followed. ‘The Futureheads’ was released in summer 2004, on 679 Recordings, and then the band hit the road. Some highlights of 2005 include playing Glastonbury Festival on Baz’s birthday, Hounds Of Love going Top Ten, meeting Dennis Hopper on Jimmy Kimmel’s US TV Show, and getting that most infamous of Albatrosses, The Second Album under their belts.
‘News and Tributes’ was released in May 2006. It reached #11 in the album chart, and saw the band touring the world and continuing to win fans and supporters with their exhilarating live shows.
Fast forward to 2008, and The Futureheads are back, bolder and better than ever, exploding back onto the scene with their new album ‘This Is Not The World’. Embracing the punk-rock ethic like never before, Barry, Ross, Jaff and Dave are releasing their third album independently and taking control of their own destiny. It’s going to feel like the first time, all over again…
Annoyed and frustrated too many times by the bureaucratic nightmare that music had become, the band split with former label 679 in late 2006. A silently busy year followed which saw the band writing and recording, and teaming up with their management to launch their own label Nul Records, solely to release music by The Futureheads. Free of major label shackles, the band are taking back control and relishing being their own bosses.
‘This Is Not The World’ was recorded in 3 weeks in the summer with super-producer Youth at his studio ‘Space Mountain’ in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Andalusia. About as far away atmospherically as you can get from the bleak Scarborough farm in which they recorded ‘News And Tributes’, the band couldn’t help but be influenced by Youth’s enthusiasm, and describe the album as one of ‘defiance, optimism and joy.’
Keen to share the joy with fans, the band released 2 tracks as free downloads and played intimate shows in London and Sunderland at the end of 2007. They begin 2008 with not one but two tours across the UK and kick off the year with storming new single, ‘The Beginning Of The Twist’, released March 10th.
The Futureheads are returning to the USA with a very special one off gig on June 17th at the Bowery Ballroom, as well as a slew of other new and inventive ways to experience and meet the band for one week only. More news TBA.
“Sunderland’s post-punks: now better than ever”
**** – Q MAGAZINE
This Is Not The World (or as we know it now) might be the The Futureheads message to us all during these uncertain times in the business. No longer are bands and management willing to wait around for labels to bite and provide the support to get the music out there to the fans and across the globe; it now seems a new formula has become entirely possible, providing a realistic and profitable route for many artists to strive forward in this day and age.
“The Beginning… breathes a stadium-sized sonic sheen into the band” – NME
“This generation’s most creative guitar band”
*** – UNCUT MAGAZINE
Never ones to follow suit, they are defying the old music business model by joining forces with their management in an exclusive 360 deal and releasing “This Is Not The World” themselves on their own record label ‘nul recordings’. The ultimate in DIY, staying true to their punk roots and true to their sound. The Future certainly looks bright, could The Futureheads be right? Possibly paving the way for other bands to do the same in 2008?
“their third album is a confident return”
4/5 MOJO MAGAZINE
“There’s plenty of talk in these ‘Heads yet” – Guardian
The Futureheads are: (L-R) Ross, Dave, Barry & Jaff.
“A great album…..The Futureheads are back with a big dirty power-plant of an album”
MAXIM MAGAZINE – ALBUM OF THE MONTH
“The Futureheads have pulled off the return to form of the decade” – 4/5 ATTITUDE MAGAZINE
“…another solid brick of an album”
“The Futureheads are back on form”
This Is Not The World – OUT JUNE 3RD
The Beginning Of The Twist
This Not The World
Sale Of The Century
Hard To Bear
Work Is Never Done
Broke Up The Time
Everything’s Changing Today
See What You Want