ARTIST: The Futureheads
VENUE, TOWN: Komedia, Brighton
DATE: 2nd April 2012
FIVE WORD REVIEW: Acoustic loveliness with jokes aplenty!
MAIN REVIEW: As the first date in their 10-gig acoustic and a cappella tour of the UK, The Futureheads have a treat instore tonight for Brighton’s Komedia. As candles flicker on tables, the room fills with seated patrons. The Sunderland post-punk quartet have just released (2nd April) new album, ‘Rant’, which is comprised entirely of a cappella and acoustic tracks. Forgoing their usual electronic instruments, the band shows how diverse they are, creating an album full of rich vocal textures and lyrical ditties.
Tonight, they’re on form as frontman Barry Hyde peppers light hearted jokes between evocative melodies. Keeping to an informal and relaxed vibe — at one point drummer Dave Hyde disappears for a few minutes, looking for a drum key in the dressing room — there’s plenty of banter between audience and artist. Yet what is perhaps so striking about tonight is the sheer vocal talent of all four band members. Weaving their voices together is already impressive enough, but watching the foursome move easily around the stage switching between pianos, mandolins, cellos and more is a clear indicator of how talented these guys are. A fantastic rendition of old sea shanty ‘Hanging Johnny’ goes down a storm – you can see a video the song below!
Closing the evening with an acoustic reworking of their number 8 hit ‘Hounds Of Love’, the crowd is left still cheering for more. The complexity and variety of what they have done – this evening and with ‘Rant’ – has not gone unnoticed. The Futureheads have just raised the bar.
LINKS: Official Website