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

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