Of all those poppy-yet-angular Brit dance-rock bands of the early aughts - y'now Franz Ferdinand, The Killers*, Bloc Party et al - The Futureheads (see HERE) always seemed like the one most likely to have, well...a future.
That said, I sure as hell didn't see this new a cappela album, Rant, coming. If I had, I'd have feared it would sound like a Scottish Manhattan Transfer or the Proclaimers quintuplets! Instead, it's fucking brilliant! Sure the cheeky set list - The Black Eyed Peas, Richard Thompson, Kelis and Sparks (as well as a batch of traditional tunes and Futureheads classics) - is meant to catch press attention but the boys, whose vocals work has always been stellar, have created something that is much more than a curio. Granted like Chumbawamba and The Housemartins before them this is likely to be an anomaly in their discography but a glorious one.
To promote Rant the band is doing an 'a capella and acoustic tour' (nice video HERE), which seems like the best way to promote this album. If anyone comes into possession of a decent live recording of any show form this tour please contact me!
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