Sunderland indie-rockers The Futureheads, who have just finished a successful tour of the UK, are to hit the road again for a short run of December dates which will see them play their debut album in full.
They emerged at the start of the ’00s amid a swarm of guitar bands, and their proud regional accents and spiky, playful sensibilities mde them stand out right from the start.
They released their self-titled debut album in September 2004, and it contained songs which remain fan favourites to this day, like Decent Days And Nights, Meantime, and their cover of Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love, which was named NME Single of the Year.
Over the following decade The Futureheads – guitarists Barry Hyde and Ross Millard, bassist David ‘Jaff’ Craig and drummer Dave Hyde – amassed five critically-acclaimed albums, and headlined countless tours before going on hiatus in 2013.
Recently reunited, the same quartet released Powers, their sixth studio album and their first electric guitar release in almost a decade, on 30th August.
Recorded and self-produced at Newcastle’s First Avenue Studio, Powers (reviewed here) is a record which features some of the most vital, invigorated material the band have made since their early days.
Although they’re celebrating their debut album with half a dozen shows where they will play it in full, alongside new and old favourites, the band’s aim is one of forward motion not nostalgia.
“Obviously it’s an absolute privilege to come back and still have fans and that’s something to cherish,” Ross says, “but I also think we’ve got a bit of a job to do about letting people know that there’s more to this band than you might have thought.”
Tickets are available now for the following dates on the Futureheads’ December tour:
Fri 6th Dec – Electric Ballroom – London
Sat 7th Dec – O2 Institute – Birmingham
un 8th Dec – Beckett University – Leeds
Fri 13th Dec – Northumbria Uni – Newcastle
Sat 14th Dec – QMU – Glasgow
Sun 15th Dec – O2 Ritz – Manchester