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

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