The Futureheads will release the single ‘Good Night Out’ / ‘Listen, Little Man!’ on 5th July. It’s the second single to be taken from their forthcoming album ‘Powers’, which is released on The Orchard on 30th August. ‘Good Night Out’ is a hedonistic white flag, while ‘Listen, Little Man!’ is a wonky stomp named after a book by controversial therapist Wilhelm Reich.
‘Powers’ is The Futureheads sixth studio album and their first electric guitar release in almost a decade. Recorded and self-produced at Newcastle’s First Avenue Studio, ‘Powers’ is a record that looks “at the balance of power in a personal, political and relational sense” and puts it to some of the most vital, invigorated material the band have made since their first steps.
Lead single ‘Jekyll’ received its first radio play on 1st May from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq and has since been played by Marc Riley, who recently had them in session, and Shaun Keaveny, who made it his single of the week. It has been played by Radio X’s John Kennedy who made it his X-Posure show’s ‘Hot One’, and when Felix White sat in for him, he interviewed the band. The band also recently did a 5 Live Session as well.
Returning with ‘Powers’, the band’s aim is one of forward motion not nostalgia; though the quartet could probably rely on the successes of old to push them through the next couple of festival seasons, that isn’t – and hasn’t ever – been the point. “Obviously it’s an absolute privilege to come back and still have fans and that’s something to cherish,” Ross says, “but I also think we’ve got a bit of a job to do about letting people know that there’s more to this band than you might have thought.”
The band, who have just finished a successful tour of the UK that included a sold out show at The Garage, London, have just announced a December UK tour that will kick off at the Electric Ballroom, London on the 6th. The tour celebrates 15 years of The Futureheads and will see the band playing their debut album in full along side new and old favourites.Catch them before that over the summer, where they will play festivals across the UK and Europe. Details below.
UK LIVE DATES
29thAugust New Slang
4th September Bonded Warehouse Sunderland
9thNovember 2Q Festival
DECEMBER UK TOUR
7th Dec O2 Institute
13th Dec Northumbria Uni Newcastle
15th Dec O2 Ritz