30th August | Rough Trade
The early 2000s may be forever referenced by its genre-defining landscape of home-grown British talent, though more often than not, that talent seemed to represent anything other than the northern working class. Sure, it was nice to see young guitar music taking centre stage, but this image of Top Shop trilbies and pointed boots existed far away from the gloomy northern towns that amongst themselves had begun to incubate a much more aggressive reflection of the zeitgeist. Eventually we’d see The Arctic Monkeys and The Cribs refine this ‘satellite town blues’ artistry to much deserved critical praise, though much further North lay a band that encapsulated this very idea without really ever intending to.
Forming in early 2003 as part of a council run youth project, Sunderland’s The Futureheads never really saw the wider respect they deserved at the height of their era. Most will remember the infamous ‘Hounds of Love’ cover, still blasted regularly at any self-respecting indie night. Some may recall ‘Decent Days and Nights’ from their debut, but it would seem popular memory has all but lost its chapters on this highly idiosyncratic post-punk outfit.
Beginning with 2008’s This Is Not The World, the band doubled down on their punk aesthetics in both sound and structure, forming their own label Nul Records and gaining autonomy over both their music and direction. This culminated in a string of stellar records ranging from post-punk to acapella that sees its latest pitstop in Power released later this month and unleashed in all its glory at Rough Trade.
See the video for ‘Jekyll’ here: