As part of The Orchard's Creative Licensing team, we're always on the hunt for interesting covers. This month, we've assembled a playlist of some of of our favorite discoveries from the past year, including Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes taking on the Big Star power-pop classic "Thirteen;" The Dandy Warhols' ...
Through harmonies and dashing melodies, The Futureheads' are on a whole other level of musical greatness. With whimsical hymns ranging from upbeat Hounds of Love to their brilliant a cappella version of Meantime, The Futureheads never fail to be innovative and unique. For a decade now we have loved this band, so when The Futureheads' Ross Millard graciously took the time to answer some questions for AMBY, our excitement was through the roof. AMBY: Hey Ross, thanks for doing this interview- huge fans! To begin, what's the band been up to [...]
Words: Emily Solan So many good albums came out in 2012 but here are my top ten from last year, including strong debuts from the likes of TOY and Spector and excellent follow-ups from Richard Hawley and Tame Impala . Read on and watch the video playlist to find out who came out on top. YOUTUBE PLAYLIST: [...]
I had high hopes for the Futureheads. Their debut crashed into the post-punk obsessed mid-00s with rocking out and harmony in equal measure, and was a catchy ride all the way through. I remember seeing them live and loving their jumping around with guitars that seemed too small for their bodies. I lost the thread after their sophomore slump, which probably says more about more own attention deficit than their failings. But this track from that second album has something interesting about it — going all underwater and spacious and adding some unexpected mystery, without sacrificing their best and hookiest [...]
With Christmas approaching tomorrow, we knew we had to celebrate somehow! And what better way to commemorate the holidays than with some fantastic Christmas tunes? Here are some we have grown to enjoy, so enjoy these as we do and have a very Merry Christmas! Dog Is Dead - Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney Cover) PINS - Kiss Me Quickly (It's Christmas) Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler - Christmas Day (I Wish I Was [...]
If you wanted an indication of just how broad the State church has become, this next selection of our writers' favourite albums of 2012 hammers it home. From electro to alternative, indie pop, stark acoustic songwriting and acapella pop covers, all of life is here. 30. Actress - R.I.P. Football / electro crossover gets its first star. 29. The Futureheads - Rant One time Brit Poppers swap electric guitars for acapella harmonies. 28. Hundred [...]
Yes, I did title this the “Awesome Playlist”. It’s pretty self-explanatory but here are some of the tracks I heard today, and each time they come on I cannot help but think, “these tunes are pretty damn awesome.” So I hope you feel the same, enjoy! " Summer rain, dripping down your face again. Summer rain, praying someone feels the same. Take the pain killer, cycle on your bicycle. Leave all this misery behind. " Painkiller by Turin Brakes Skint & Demoralised- Hogmanay Heroes [...]
Sarà che dicembre dopo dicembre il tempo è sempre meno, ma quest'anno devo ammettere di sentirmi ancora un po' lontano dallo spirito natalizio. Sono sicuro che nuovi dischi e nuove canzoni a tema, anche sotto la confusa etichetta "indie", pullulano già in giro per i blog, ma non mi ci sono ancora dedicato. Stamattina però mi sono fermato su questa compilation Silent Night, Tiny Lights perché il primo nome in scaletta ha catturato la mia attenzione. Non ascolto i Futureheads da un po' di tempo, ed è un peccato perché ho sempre [...]
You might be wondering why this blog is going up so late after the fact. I’ll tell you why, it’s because I have been licking my wounds, OK? Gigantic faced off against Glider for the second time, and the truth is that Cillian carried Glider home to victory that night. Tell you what though, losing has never been so much fun. It had been an all round brilliant night already, with load of party people in the house – Cat Anderson and her Berlin leaving party, Nadine Lai and her birthday gang, Clare [...]
Last weekend saw The Futureheads bring their acapella and acoustic tour to Dublin and, as such, State took the opportunity to put them in a room with Andrew Jordan and his video camera. The result is a spirited version of 'Old Dun Cow', a traditional folk song from their native North East England and a highlight of their Rant album. Photo: Luis Faustino
The purveyors of one of the year's best albums in the form of Rant , The Futureheads are on something of a career break from the punk and new wave influenced guitar music that made their name. They bring their acoustic and a capella tour to Whelan's tonight and Ross Millard tells State how the album is a product of the band running their own label. "When I think back to us being on a major, it’s not that they weren’t into us expressing any creativity – I’m not even certain that Warners would [...]
For all all their hard work over the past nine years or so, The Futureheads popularity has waned somewhat in recent years. That's not to say their madcap garage rock lacks quality, on the contrary, it just kind of fell out of vogue. An interesting and eye-catching development in the life of The Futureheads has been the decision to dispense with their [...]
Frank Yang So yesterday I talked about where and what Rouyn-Noranda was; today I will do the same for FME . You don't need to be bilingual to discern that "Festival de musique émergente" implies a mandate of focusing on new and upcoming artists, primarily but not exclusively from Québec, with a few relatively big names to bring in the less musically adventurous. It was started ten years ago when the organizers were tired of driving to Montréal eight hours away to see shows and so they started a festival as a pretence to [...]
They've made one of our favourite albums of the year in the shape of Rant and now The Futureheads bring their new a capella and acoustic show to Whelan's next Friday, 7th September. We'll have an interview with the band's Ross Millard on State ahead of the show but in the meantime we have a pair of tickets to give away. To enter just tell us who performed the original of this track and send your answer, plus address, to email@example.com by 5pm on Tuesday.
It's been a couple of years since Everything Everything dropped their stellar debut EP Schoolin' and subsequent debut LP Man Alive , and now the band are ready to infect the shit out of your brains again like one of those dodgy grubs that burrow into your skull when you go swimming in rivers in Thailand. Their new album Arc won't see the light of day until January 14th next year, but they have [...]
An Interview with Frankie & the Heartstrings! There had been many times where I heard these charismatic, lively and catchy tunes being blasted through my sister's door. It got to the point where I needed to discover who these tracks were coming from, and I'm so glad I did! Frankie & the Heartstrings write highly addictive songs with hooks that will stay in your head for days. When I got the chance to do an interview with the band whose album has been played like mad in our house, I was extremely happy. Take a look [...]
It's hot outside, finally. I'm hanging inside getting my Olympics on and trying to discover new tunes. My favorite hit today comes from DC's band Dot Dash , a band who win in their Wire reference alone, but they've also got the hits to back it all up. Honestly, I think this tune from their most recent record, Spark>Flame>Ember>Ash , has a bit more of a Jam/Futureheads feel to it, but they've got some other tracks on their Soundcloud that [...]
One of this year's most refreshingly different albums has been The Futureheads ' Rant, a collection of covers, folk songs and their own material all presented in a stirring a capella format. Now the band are to bring their current incarnation to Whelan's on September 7th. Tickets are on sale now priced €15.
Apparently we're doing back to back Flashbacks. Though yesterday's somewhat tragic post was a bit unplanned, today's proper Flashback Friday revisting of The Love Cats by The Cure was inspired by a recent jazzy electronic soul version by Kinny . Kinny shares space with the likes of Alice Russell, Belleruche, Nostalgia 77 and more on the utterly excellent Tru Thoughts label, which has gotten into the awesome habit of breaking new artists via some uncommon sounding downtempo covers. So even though we featured a [...]
Music is so deeply hewn in to the tapestry of Camden’s past that even if a rogue bulldozer were to somehow escape the Olympic park and flatten the lot, the Camden faithful would still gather on the detritus (like Kevin Costner in the film Field of Dreams) to watch the ghostly echo of gigs passed. Camden Crawl has managed to do away with wrestling the country/city festival debate that plagues the likes of Hard Rock Calling and SW4 – those who assume the hardware set up should remain universal – by setting up in the across the attics, backrooms [...]