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Taking the best of post-punk, new wave, and pop as inspiration, Sunderland's Futureheads were among the best of the U.K.'s "angular" movement, which also included Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party. The band began as a trio of vocalist/guitarist Barry Hyde, bassist Jaff, and drummer Pete Brewis. Hyde and Brewis were tutors at a lottery-funded organization called the Sunderland City Detached Youth Project, which aimed to get kids off the street by having them play music instead. The band -- whose members were still in their teens themselves -- also used the building as a practice space, along with other area groups. The rest of the Futureheads' lineup was also culled from the Sunderland City Detached Youth Project: vocalist/guitarist Ross Millard and Hyde's little brother Dave, who eventually took over drum duty from Brewis. The band released its debut single in late 2002, and followed it up with two more singles in 2003, 123 Nul and First Day, both of which were issued by the Fantastic Plastic label. 679 stepped up to release the band's self-titled full-length in mid-2004. That fall, The Futureheads was released in the U.S., coinciding with the band's support slot on Franz Ferdinand's North American tour. The Futureheads spent most of 2005 touring, including dates supporting Foo Fighters, Oasis, and Pixies, though they returned to the studio long enough to record the single Area, which was released in the U.K. that fall and as an EP in the U.S. the following year. The Futureheads' second album, News and Tributes, arrived in summer 2006 and featured a bigger, glossier sound and more complex songwriting. The band released This Is Not the World on its own Nul Records imprint in 2008. Two years later, The Chaos arrived with a slightly more ambitious approach, and in 2012 the band released Rant, a completely a cappella album including reworkings of older songs as well as instrument-free covers of Kelis and the Black Eyed Peas. ~ Heather Phares
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  2.   Hounds of Love
  3.   Decent Days and Nights
  4.   Radio Heart
  5.   Heartbeat Song
  6.   Worry About It Later (News and Tributes album version)
  7.   Favours for Favours
  8.   A to B
  9.   Skip to the End
  10.   Face
  11.   Yes/No
  12.   The Beginning of the Twist
  13.   Back to the Sea
  14.   Return of the Beserker
  15.   Cope
  16.   Carnival Kids
  17.   Walking Backwards
  18.   Sun Goes Down
  19.   Fallout
  20.   Le Garage
  21.   Sleet
  22.   Hard to Bear
  23.   Sale of the Century
  24.   Man Made (A Mistake)
  25.   Trying Not to Think About Time
  26.   The City Is Here for You to Use
  27.   Alms
  28.   Meantime
  29.   Thursday
  30.   History Itself
  31.   Man Ray
  32.   Burnt
  33.   Work Is Never Done
  34.   Robot
  35.   Danger of the Water
  36.   We Cannot Lose
  37.   News and Tributes
  38.   First Day
  39.   This Is the Life
  40.   The Chaos
  41.   Struck Dumb
  42.   Stop the Noise
  43.   Jupiter
  44.   See What You Want
  45.   Everything's Changing Today
  46.   Broke Up the Time
  47.   This Is Not the World
  48.   Think Tonight
  49.   Stupid and Shallow
  50.   He Knows
  51.   The Connector
  52.   I Can Do That
  53.   Dart at the Map
  54.   Area
  55.   Help Us Out
  56.   The Baron

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