They’re young (18 to 21 years old), they have four part harmonies, they have famous fans and they’re not leaving anytime soon.
There’s been a lot of press about The Futureheads, who figured out a way to cram 15 songs into a 36-minute debut album. It’s gotten to the point that when they played in New York last September, opening for Franz Ferdinand, David Bowie reportedly told the band he was disappointed he missed their support slot.
Now, along with their visit to the massive Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif., the boys are taking their schizophrenic songs all over the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Our neighbors up North get first crack at them, starting April 15 at Louis’ Pub in Saskatoon. May is devoted to England, including Manchester, Leeds and London dates.
And then, it’s Atlanta, Washington, New York … on and on, through June, until the West Coast gets a visit at San Francisco’s Fillmore June 18, with two more stops in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Stateside press has gone absolutely bonkers over the band’s self-titled debut, throwing around phrases like “power-pop brilliance” (Time Out New York), “jittery, caffeinated gems” (Flaunt), and “innovative and exciting” (Los Angeles Times).
Drawing on influences including Queen, XTC and Fugazi, the band combines hyperactive, jagged riffs with vocals from all four members – an attribute that grew out of having to schedule separate vocal practices due to lack of a PA, according to the group.