Album Review: Future Of The Left


Future Of The Left -‘Travels With Myself And Another.’ (4AD)

The follow-up up to their debut Curses, this sophomore release from the welsh three-piece seems almost effortless. It grabs you by the proverbials and quite a few other places from the word go and doesn’t let go.

It’s as loud as hell, and enjoyably so, too. It’s got a sense of humour, clever without being pseudo-intellectual (no mean feat) and angry as well. It’s uncompromising too – thank God they’re on a true independent like 4AD, otherwise somebody somewhere would be trying to encourage them to make it a radio-firendly unit shifter. I have the sneaking suspicion that if anyone tried it with these three Welsh lads, they’d be told where to go, in no uncertain terms, but having a good laugh as they did so.

It’s a twelve track album that clocks on at just under thirty three minutes. This is a good move, as there is no flab on here, this is rock as mean and lean as it gets. Opener ‘Arming Eritrea’ sets the scene: heavy bass, distorted guitar and taking absolutely no prisoners. First single ‘The Hope That house Built’ is the closest they might come to writing an anthem, but on their terms, not in a ‘sod it, let’s sound like Coldplay.’ ‘You Needs Satan More Than He Needs You’ meanwhile, not only has one of the greatest titles ever, but is (reportedly) about the modern Satanist who ‘still has to worry about babysitting and getting the goat home after a blood ritual on a windswept moor. Riiight. The final track sees the singer confusing Jacob’s Ladder with the Shawshank Redemption and revealing Rupert Murdoch as Satan Incarnate. (If anyone wants to sacrifice him on a windswept moor, I think there might well be lots of volunteers).

If there’s anyone who genuinely means it, man, and genuinely refuses to sell out, it’s these three lads. Respect.


Future Of The Left Website/Future Of The Left Myspace

Travels With Myself And Another is out on June 22 on 4AD.

The video for The Hope That House Built:

Will 2009 be the year of Future Of The Left?


…I sure as heck hope so.

Future Of the Left are Andy “Falco” Falkous (singer and guitarist) and Jack Egglestone (drummer), both formerly of mclusky*, and Kelson Mathias (singer and bassist), formerly of Jarcrew. The band released their debut album Curses in 2007, and their latest single ‘The Hope That House Built’ is out on Monday. This is the first taster for their as yet untitled second album.

I loved Curses and thought the band were fantastic when I saw them play the Captain’s Rest in Glasgow last year. But on the evidence of this single -and this really cool video- it would surely be an injustice if this didn’t become a massive hit. Life, as people are fond of saying, doesn’t come with a guarantee of fairness, but I like to believe that if people heard this track, they’d support it.

So damn it, I’m doing my bit for the cause.

All together now -‘Come join our lost cause!’

Future Of The Left -‘The Hope That House Built.’

‘The Hope That House Built’ is released on 4AD on Monday.

*really, a lower case m.

Gig review: Future Of the Left/Fighting With Fire/Black Alley Screens

Future Of the Left/Fighting With Fire/Black Alley Screens

Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, August 15

A night of three three pieces. First on the bill are Black Alley Screens who sound as loud as…and grab me pretty damn quickly. I’ve always thought three pieces seemed to have something, and these guys, who look almost young enough to be in my classroom, are fantastic. With songs like ‘Goodbye Youth Hello Proof’ I have decided by the third song that I’d sign them if I could. They are partly in the Arctic Monkeys/Libertines mould, but on their own terms.They exude the sort of cool that is effortless (either that, or they have been practising bloody hard to look that way). Considering I have never heard a note of their music before tonight I am utterly won over.

Which is more than I can say for the follow-up band, Fighting With Wire. Hailing from Derry, they have clearly been listening to At the Drive In, and trying to copy Dave Grohl’s vocal style. The previous night they played with Reverend and the Makers in Belfast, who they go to great lengths to criticise. They dedicate ‘Everyone Needs A Nemesis’ to them. As I write the review I find I can remember precious little about the music.

There’s a long wait for our headliners to come on. They will later claim that this is because drummer Jack William Egglestone was trimming his beard. This is quite believable. This Welsh three-piece, formed from the ashes of Jarcrew and McLusky released their debut album Curses last year. I can only admit to having heard it recently, but I’m glad I did. They manage the feat of cramming in loads of ideas, and yet making it fun and listenable, rather than worthy and unpalatable. It’s a hot and sweaty night (yes, we do occasionally have these in Scotland), and they know how to work a crowd. There’s a great sense of humour here too. When a heckler asks them to play ‘Wonderwall’, without missing a beat they ask for subtitles.

Whilst the slightly quirky nature of the songs means that you cannot even identify the lyrics from the booklet when you get back home, there’s no denying just how exciting and just sheer fun this is. Songs like ‘Fuck the Countryside Alliance’* and ‘The Lord Hates A Coward’ manage to be both angular and singalong. By the end of the gig, bassist Kelson has ended up in the crowd and prompted the best stage invasion I have seen since the fifteen minutes of The Others three and a hlaf years ago.

But these guys deserve to last and do so much better than Dominic masters’ almost forgotten crew. There’s something special brewing here. I’ve been playing the album loads since the gig. And even though I didn’t fall into bed until well after midnight, it was worth it.

Future Of The Left are currently on tour in the UK and will tour the US this autumn. Check their webpage and their MySpace for more details.

*Too right.