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

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