Album review

The Futureheads

Sunderland's Futureheads once claimed they started a band because their city had no cinema. As beliefs in punk's original diktat regarding necessity's relationship to invention go, it's about as old-school as you could get. Their striking debut resembles a late-'70s manifesto—all nervy guitar and barked observations. But The Futureheads understand that a love of The Jam, early Clash and Gang Of Four (Andy Gill produced) means nothing without... well, meaning of one's own. "First Day" and "The City Is Here For You To Use" match belief with bravado, marking The Futureheads out as a fresh, capable talent.

Rating: 4 / 10


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