The Futureheads tonight. One of the more turbo-charged bands of the Post-Punk Revival era, The Futureheads got started in 2000 and went on a solid non-stop run for 13 years before heading into hiatus territory. With only their second and third albums hitting the U.S. charts, it would be safe to say they made their reputation well known in other parts of the world, but not necessarily here. Which is baffling, but owing to the vagaries of the music business, not all that unusual.
Having enjoyed the hell out of the band since first hearing them in 2004, I always felt they got slighted by not having more exposure to U.S. audiences – and I suspect their label may have had something to do with it, as is often the case. Which was no doubt why they formed their own independent label in 2006.
This session, for Steve Lamacq, comes a few months before their first (and only) John Peel session, which I ran here in 2014. I would not describe the band as mellow or ballad-oriented. They are electro-shock treatments and wall-to-wall controlled chaos and I regret not seeing them live during their formative years.
Although they are rumored to be still together, having announced a hiatus via an interview in 2015, where co-founder Dave Hyde confirmed they were no longer a working band, they did get together in April of 2016 to do a video for British United Provident Association (BUPA) of their early hit Heartbeat Song. So it’s really a matter of who knows and who’s telling.
I wouldn’t put this on if you’re trying to get some sleep – but i would definitely crank this one up to get the full effect.