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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 when 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, 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 debut 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 PledgeMusic campaign and was released on Future of the Left's own Prescriptions label in October 2013. Having met their funding goal in a scant five hours, the bandmembers were converted to this new way of funding their recordings and decided to do the same for their fifth album, The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left. Announced in December 2015, this one met its funding goal even more quickly, in just three hours. Released in April 2016, it saw the band once more back to a trio, following the departure of Watkins. ~ Stewart Mason
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  2.   Failed Olympic Bid
  3.   Robocop 4: Fuck Off Robocop
  4.   Throwing Bricks at Trains
  5.   Kept by Bees
  6.   Plague of Onces
  7.   The Fibre Provider
  8.   Land of My Formers
  9.   Goals in Slow Motion
  10.   Manchasm
  11.   Notes on Achieving Orbit
  12.   The Contrarian
  13.   Rubber Animals
  14.   My Gymnastic Past
  15.   Suddenly It's a Folk Song
  16.   I Am the Least of Your Problems
  17.   A Guide to Men
  18.   Chin Music
  19.   Beneath the Waves an Ocean
  20.   Tell the Truth About the Brace Position
  21.   Team: Seed
  22.   Com.Man.Do
  23.   Polymers Are Forever
  24.   Stand by Your Manatee
  25.   Real Men Hunt in Packs
  26.   Fingers Become Thumbs
  27.   The Lord Hates a Coward
  28.   Adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood
  29.   Camp Cappuccino
  30.   Wrigley Scott
  31.   Anchor
  32.   Finger Become Thumbs!
  33.   You Need Satan More Than He Needs You
  34.   Sheena Is a T-Shirt Salesman
  35.   I Am Civil Service
  36.   The Hope That House Built
  37.   That Damned Fly
  38.   Chastity Drive
  39.   Sorry Dad, I Was Late for the Riots
  40.   Fuck the Countryside Alliance
  41.   Lapsed Catholics
  42.   Drink Nike
  43.   Cosmo's Ladder
  44.   Yin/Post-Yin
  45.   City of Exploded Children
  46.   Small Bones Small Bodies
  47.   Arming Eritrea
  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
  68.   The Cock That Walked
  69.   Fireproof (Boy Vs. Bison)
  70.   Animals Beginning with a B
  71.   Problem Thinker
  72.   There's Always Paul
  73.   Church and State
  74.   If AT&T Drank Tea What Would BP Do?
  75.   In a Former Life
  76.   Running All Over the Wicket
  77.   Miner's Gruel
  78.   Grass Parade
  79.   The Limits of Battleships
  80.   Back When I Was Brilliant
  81.   Eating for None
  82.   Reference Point Zero
  83.   White Privilege Blues
  84.   50 Days Before the Hun
  85.   Proper Music
  86.   No Son Will Ease Their Solitude

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