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Scrappy Welsh noise rock trio Mclusky was one of the bright spots in the British indie scene's post-Brit-pop hangover, releasing three appealingly noisy albums, 2000's My Pain and Sadness Is More Sad and Painful Than Yours, 2002's Mclusky Do Dallas, and 2005's The Difference Between Me and You Is That I'm Not on Fire, before an acrimonious split in 2005, apparently due to intra-band tensions related to an incident on the trio's 2004 American tour where the band's van and equipment were stolen. During the same period, Welsh electro-punks Jarcrew released two albums, 2002's Breakdance Euphoria Kids and 2003's Jarcrew, before also splitting in early 2005, reportedly due to the drummer finding religion. While Mclusky bassist Jon Chapple went off to form Shooting at Unarmed Men, the trio's remaining members, singer and guitarist Andrew Falkous and drummer Jack Egglestone, hooked up with Jarcrew singer and keyboardist Kelson Mathias and bassist Hywel Evans to form a new fusion of the two bands. Evans quickly left to start his own group, with Mathias moving over to bass, and after experimenting with a variety of tongue-in-cheek names, the remaining trio debuted as Future of the Left in the fall of 2006. Remaining with Mclusky's label, Too Pure Records, Future of the Left made their recorded bow with a double A-sided single, "Fingers Become Thumbs" and "The Lord Hates a Coward," in January 2007. Two more singles, "A Dead Enemy Always Smells Good" and "Small Bones Small Bodies," followed in May and September. Future of the Left's debut album, Curses, was released in the fall of 2007. A live album, 2008's Last Night I Saved Her from Vampires, became the band's 4AD debut; early the following year, the single "The Hope That House Built" signaled Future of the Left's heavier attack on their second album, Travels with Myself and Another, which arrived in summer 2009. The following year, Mathias left the group, and Oceansize bassist Steve Hodson joined the fold for some live shows before a permanent replacement, former Million Dead member Julia Ruzicka, was announced. That year, the band also added a new guitarist, Jimmy Watkins, who also joined Future of the Left in time to record the band's third album, The Plot Against Common Sense, which was released in June 2012. The group's fourth album, How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident, was funded by fans via a Pledge campaign and was released on Future of the Left's own Prescriptions label in October 2013. ~ Stewart Mason
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  2.   Failed Olympic Bid
  3.   Robocop 4: Fuck Off Robocop
  4.   Throwing Bricks at Trains
  5.   Finger Become Thumbs!
  6.   Notes on Achieving Orbit
  7.   Sheena Is a T-Shirt Salesman
  8.   Wrigley Scott
  9.   Com.Man.Do
  10.   I Am Civil Service
  11.   Camp Cappuccino
  12.   I Am the Least of Your Problems
  13.   Adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood
  14.   That Damned Fly
  15.   My Gymnastic Past
  16.   Anchor
  17.   Team: Seed
  18.   Tell the Truth About the Brace Position
  19.   Stand by Your Manatee
  20.   Manchasm
  21.   Chastity Drive
  22.   Kept by Bees
  23.   Goals in Slow Motion
  24.   A Guide to Men
  25.   Drink Nike
  26.   Land of My Formers
  27.   The Lord Hates a Coward
  28.   Lapsed Catholics
  29.   Fuck the Countryside Alliance
  30.   City of Exploded Children
  31.   The Contrarian
  32.   Small Bones Small Bodies
  33.   Sorry Dad, I Was Late for the Riots
  34.   Fingers Become Thumbs
  35.   Real Men Hunt in Packs
  36.   Arming Eritrea
  37.   Rubber Animals
  38.   Cosmo's Ladder
  39.   Plague of Onces
  40.   Suddenly It's a Folk Song
  41.   Chin Music
  42.   Polymers Are Forever
  43.   The Hope That House Built
  44.   The Fibre Provider
  45.   You Need Satan More Than He Needs You
  46.   Yin/Post-Yin
  47.   Beneath the Waves an Ocean
  48.   Prescriptions
  49.   Not Entirely Present
  50.   New Commuters
  51.   The Knife Is Not a Knife
  52.   Fucked Up Runners
  53.   Hey Precious
  54.   Bread, Cheese, Bow and Arrow
  55.   Johnny Borrell Afterlife
  56.   Future Child Embarrassment Matrix
  57.   The Male Gaze
  58.   Singing of the Bonesaws
  59.   I Don't Know What You Ketamine (But I Think I Love You)
  60.   French Lessons
  61.   How to Spot a Record Company
  62.   Donny of the Decks
  63.   She Gets Passed Around at Parties
  64.   Something Happened
  65.   The Real Meaning of Christmas
  66.   Things to Say to Friendly Policemen
  67.   Why Aren't I Going to Hell

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