Sunday, 8 August 2010

REVIEW: The Futureheads - The Chaos

The Futureheads have been a staple of the British rock scene for several years now, dashing a little more punk into the safer waters of indie rock music on each album. Returning with third album The Chaos, they kick off with just the same urgency inspired by that genre. Counting down '5-4-3-2-1....let's go!', the title track rides in on roller coaster guitars enthusiastically stabbing away at the rhythm section. 

After such a high energy opening, it's heartening that the familiar tones of first single Struck Dumb follow it up. With a less abrasive but equally catchy approach it continues the anthemic, sing along start to the album. Followed by album highlight Heartbeat Song, 2.5 minutes of bounding, happy-go-lucky melodic punk, there's an undeniable momentum building by this point that's pushing the album in all the right directions. 

MP3: The Futureheads - Struck Dumb
Taken from new album The Chaos, out now

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Though none of the pace is lost with the enjoyable Stop The Noise and the eccentrically vocalized The Connector, the latter section of the album does drop off somewhat. This front-loading doesn't ruin the whole by any stretch of the imagination, but songs like This Is The Life and Jupiter do slip by all too easily, making this one fall short of remarkable. 

That said, I've returned to The Chaos on several occasions since first hearing it and the choice cuts linger long in the memory thanks to short lengths and snappy hooks. Despite not quite fulfilling its potential, there's plenty to have fun and sing along to here.

Another strong set from the Sunderland lads or a dip in form? Speak your brain via the comments or old Facebook...

Upcoming tour dates for The Futureheads

Sat 14 Aug 2010

LeeFest, UK

Sun 15 Aug 2010

Summer Sundae Weekender - Leicester, UK

Fri 20 Aug 2010

Castle Calling - Yorkshire, UK

Sat 28 Aug 2010

Leeds Festival, UK

Sun 29 Aug 2010

Reading Festival, UK

Sat 11 Sep 2010

Harvest at Jimmy’s - Suffolk, UK

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