The Futureheads Biography
The indie Alternative-Rock act from Sunderland, ENGLAND, The Futureheads started out as a trio in 2000 comprising vocalist + guitarist Barry Hyde, bassist Jaff and drummer Pete Brewis.
They began to perform live in and around Newcastle and recorded a demo plus a couple of 7-inch singles. During this time, the group's line-up was fairly unstable, Ross Millard joined their ranks as lead singer + guitarist and in 2001 Hyde's kid brother Dave stepped in when original drummer, Pete Brewis, got busy with another band.
They put out two EPs, "1-2-3 Nul!" and "First Day", on London indie Fantastic Plastic label. Their debut album, "The Futureheads", came out on 679 recordings in July 2004, it reached 11 in the album chart and included the U.K. top 40 single, "Decent Days And Nights" and the top 10 hit "Hounds Of Love". Before the year was out the quartet supported Franz Ferdinand on their North American tour.
The Futureheads' sophomore album, "News And Tributes", was released in May 2006. It peaked at #12 in Britain, climbed into the top 30 of the U.S. Independent Albums chart and saw the band touring the world and continuing to win fans and supporters with their exhilarating live shows; the main single, "Skip To The End", was another U.K. top 30 hit for the band but "Worry About It Later" failed to dent the upper regions of the chart.
Embracing the Punk-Rock ethic like never before, in May 2008, The Futureheads released their third album, "This Is Not The World", which reached #17 on the British Albums chart and included the U.K. top 20 hit single "The Beginning Of The Twist".
Two years later the band returned with "The Chaos", the disc spun off only one minor hit single: "Heartbeat Song".
In a total change of direction, The Futureheads put aside their instruments and in April 2012 released an inspired acapella album titled "Rant".