The Futureheads hail from Sunderland and take their influence from Devo, Queen, Fugazi and Kate Bush. Their debut, self-titled album is a pop masterpiece with a difference. Yes the tunes are catchy and bright but they possess a nagging intensity and off-kilter rhythm that puts them more on a par with the work of Talking Heads than the polished dross that infects the chart at every turn.
Like compatriots Franz Ferdinand
, the Futureheads play a dazzling power pop thats impossible to sit still to. This British quartets rambunctious long-playing debut showcases choice art school tastes ca. 2004: Their sounds strongly influenced by the herky-jerky pop of early XTC
, the album was produced by the Gang of Four
s Andy Gill, one of the songs is called "Man Ray" (dada and surrealism are perennial hits with undergrads), while one of the best tunes is a well-placed cover of Kate Bush
s "Hounds of Love." These retro ingredients would result in trendy mush in most hands, but the heads songs are strange, melodic and almost as original as the artists they brazenly borrow from. With intricately woven vocal harmonies that almost recall jubilee-era gospel (really), excellently sparse production, and a sproing-oing guitar sound thats to die for, the Futureheads snappy songs are not likely to go stale as quickly as your electroclash favorites did. --Mike McGonigal