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The Futureheads

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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  1.   Song
  2.   Hounds of Love
  3.   Decent Days and Nights
  4.   Radio Heart
  5.   Heartbeat Song
  6.   Skip to the End
  7.   A to B
  8.   See What You Want
  9.   Return of the Beserker
  10.   I Can Do That
  11.   Alms
  12.   News and Tributes
  13.   Work Is Never Done
  14.   Man Made (A Mistake)
  15.   Man Ray
  16.   Broke Up the Time
  17.   Danger of the Water
  18.   History Itself
  19.   The Baron
  20.   Jupiter
  21.   Sleet
  22.   This Is Not the World
  23.   Think Tonight
  24.   Walking Backwards
  25.   The Beginning of the Twist
  26.   Thursday
  27.   Burnt
  28.   Fallout
  29.   Trying Not to Think About Time
  30.   Stop the Noise
  31.   The Chaos
  32.   Robot
  33.   Struck Dumb
  34.   First Day
  35.   Everything's Changing Today
  36.   Cope
  37.   Stupid and Shallow
  38.   Meantime
  39.   Sale of the Century
  40.   Back to the Sea
  41.   Carnival Kids
  42.   Sun Goes Down
  43.   Hard to Bear
  44.   The Connector
  45.   He Knows
  46.   Dart at the Map
  47.   Le Garage
  48.   Yes/No
  49.   The City Is Here for You to Use
  50.   This Is the Life

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