Analysis: The Futureheads were so slick and so tight that they really seemed to be entertainers "doing an act" rather than an indie rock act merely performing. Even so, and despite what amounted to the incessant pummelling of their similarly paced tunes (one song was jokingly referred to as "the slow song," which was pretty funny), the band's intoxicating pep, deftly delivered harmonies and witty personalities enhanced the clinical delivery of their affecting pop. This is the kind of band that smiles when they play, something we may not have seen since we saw the Bouncing Souls play our small liberal arts college in 1995.
The clear highlight of the night was the set closer "Man Ray," which is not only our favorite Futureheads jam, but also seemed to be the favorite of those attendees who felt it necessary to plead for their favorite to be played sporadically throughout the searing set. Since we and H-Dawg had a clear view of the set list all night, we knew we'd ultimately be getting some satisfaction on that front. The band also delivered a weapons-grade version of "Stupid And Shallow," a stirring take on "Hounds of Love" and the sweaty one-two punch of the encores "Decent Days And Nights" and "Carnival Kids" was undeniable. According to the Futureheads web site the band will be back in the U.S. come August, and we heartily recommend you get out to see them as they continue to support the recent release of their sophomore set News And Tributes. And we no less heartily endorse the French Kicks, whose records we are going to go search out used (we're cheap) on Half.com momentarily. Finally, here's The Futureheads' "Man Ray" from the band's self-titled 2004 effort.
UPDATE: Flickr user Goodmj3 has some photos for the show posted here.
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