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The Wolfnotes – Upper Atmosphere

Back with a new strength, Kurran & the Wolfnotes are now known simply as The Wolfnotes and have announced the release of their brand new single, Upper Atmosphere.

Upper Atmosphere blends Beach Boys style harmonies with an uplifting melody making it one of their cheeriest releases yet. The single is taken from their forthcoming debut album. Upper Atmosphere is set for release on 7 January. Lucky for you, I have the soundcloud link for you to take a listen before you buy. Click here to hear the track.

The Wolfnotes

The Wolfnotes

The Wolfnotes have now also completed the work on their debut album which has been produced by Cam Blackwood (We Are Scientists, Viva Brother and CSS). The album was made available this month to those who had pledged on the band’s Pledge Music campaign. Full release details are to follow. To find out more about their Pledge Music campaign visit the Pledge Music website.

The band has also released a collection of session videos where you can see them perform the Beach Boys classic, I Get Around, with The Futureheads.

The Wolfnotes can be seen live at the following dates:

November 2012

28 Bristol Fleece & Firkin *
29 Birmingham Hare & Hounds *
30 Sheffield Leadmill *

December 2012

1 Kingston Cricketers
3 Leicester Soundhouse *
4 London Madame JoJo’s *
5 Manchester NQ Live *
6 Stirling Tolbooth *
7 Leeds The Wardrobe *

* Supporting Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – solo acoustic tour

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The Futureheads – Beeswing

After their critically acclaimed a cappella album Rant, The Futureheads have announced they will be releasing Beeswing from the record as their next single.

The Futureheads Beeswing

The Futureheads artwork for single, Beeswing

Beeswing is originally a Richard Thompson song but The Futureheads have adapted it to make it their own. However, Ross Millard praises the song writing: “”Beeswing was one of my choices for the record. I saw Thompson do it on Jools Holland and thought it was an amazing song. When you’re doing a cappella you’re a lot more exposed when you perform, and the lyrics become really important. So we went for songs that have something to say, that took you on a journey. Some of The Futureheads’ lyrics have narratives but most of them are oblique and syncopated and staccato and minimal. So the folk songs we’ve chosen are the opposite to that.”

Beeswing will be available from June 18. Listen to it here in advance.

You can also catch The Futureheads live, all dates below:

MAY

18th: SUNDERLAND, Minster

19th: SUNDERLAND, Minster

JUNE

2nd: MANCHESTER, Beached Festival

24th: SUNDERLAND, Stadium of Light w/ The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

29th: KENT, Hop Farm Festival

JULY

13th: GLOUCESTERSHIRE, 2000 Trees Festival

28th: HEREFORDSHIRE, Nozstock Festival

SEPTEMBER

19th: LONDON, Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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The Futureheads – Rant

So the a cappella album that everyone has been talking about is nearly here…

The Futureheads decided a little while ago to do something completely out of the blue and extraordinary leading them to release a fully a cappella album in less than a weeks time.

Rant is a record which only uses the four magnificent voices found in The Futureheads and it is definitely not an album to be missed. Not only have they recorded traditional songs a cappella but they’ve also re-worked some of their own songs such as Robots and Meantime in ways you would have never heard them before. The best re-working of a song has to be their a cappella version of Meet Me Halfway, originally by the Black-Eyed Peas, where they actually make it sound like a decent song.

Futureheads Rant

Album artwork for The Futureheads' record

Some other gems on the record include the traditional song The Keeper. The harmonies on this track are spot on, the rhythm is kept perfect and everything just clicks together making it a breath-taking track. It’s the sort of song that can make your skin crawl in a good way. You are bound to be singing the chorus of “Jackie boy (Master) Sing ye well (Very well)/Hey down (Ho down) Derry derry down/Among the leaves so green-o” after the first listen.

The Old Dun Cow is another fantastic track. Being another traditional song, it has a great rather funny story which The Futureheads perform with enough humour and energy. The Futureheads has always been focused around harmonies but hearing them sing without any music at all really shows how good they are at them. They make it look so easy. The traditional songs seem to work better as a cappella especially with all their northern accents shining through.

By the end of the first listen there will be a part of you that will be screaming “Ditch the instruments!” They definitely sound more unique and interesting without all that indie music accompanying their already strong voices and harmonies. Hearing them stripped back gives a fresh approach to their band as well as a cappella music.

Rant will be released on Monday 2 April through Nul Records. Here’s a snippet from the album, The Keeper performed live in a pub:

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The Futureheads Reveal Tour Preview Video

With The Futureheads’ acoustic and a cappella tour creeping up on us fast, it feels only right to share with you all a tour preview video of what’s to come.

The Futureheads Rant

The Futureheads

 

The UK tour kicks start on April 2 in Brighton which coincides with the release of their a cappella album, Rant. As Barry Hyde has said to stop any pre-misconceptions:

“Just because this is an a cappella album doesn’t mean to say that the songs are slow or passive. They’re still in-your-face, slightly mad, aggressive. They’re still The Futureheads.”

The Futureheads will be playing the following UK shows:

 APRIL

2nd: BRIGHTON, Komedia

3rd: BRISTOL, Colston Hall

4th: LONDON, Union Chapel

5th: LEEDS, Wardrobe

6th: STOCKTON, Georgian Theatre

8th: GATESHEAD, Sage

9th: GLASGOW, Oran Mor

10th: BIRMINGHAM, Glee Club

12th: NOTTINGHAM, Glee Club

13th: MANCHESTER, Royal Northern College of Music

Rant will be released April 2 through Nul Records alongside double A-side single, Meet Me Halfway/The No.1 Song in Heaven.

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The Futureheads – A Cappella Album?

The Futureheads are back with a brand new album set for release in April but this isn’t the sort of album everyone expected…

Futureheads Rant

Album artwork for upcoming Futureheads record

Set for release on April 2 on their own record label, Nul Records, The Futureheads’ next record will be completely a cappella. But why? Ross Millard explains:

“If we were going to carry on making music, we needed to change it up. Making another Futureheads record as per usual wasn’t something that appealed to us. We’ve always been a four-part harmony group; it’s been a massive part of the genetics of this band.”

Barry Hyde is a little more bullish in his approach to explain why they’ve chosen to do an a cappella album:

“A Futureheads fan who doesn’t get ‘Rant’ is not a Futureheads fan. This version of The Futureheads has always been there. We’re bringing to the fore what we’re really about: a unification, a gang mentality, which is in the balance between our voices and our personalities.

“On Rant we’re pushing that right into your face. We’ve stumbled across tricks as we’ve made Rant which are so powerful and which no one has ever done before. Just because this is an a cappella album doesn’t mean to say that the songs are slow or passive. They’re still in-your-face, slightly mad, aggressive. They’re still The Futureheads.”

Rant will feature a variety of re-arranged Futureheads songs alongside medieval and traditional folk songs. Listen to the a cappella version of Robots here.

The release of the record will be accompanied by a UK tour at the following dates:

APRIL
3rd: BRISTOL, Colston Hall
4th: LONDON, Union Chapel
5th: LEEDS, Wardrobe
6th: STOCKTON, Georgian Theatre
8th: GATESHEAD, Sage
9th: GLASGOW, Oran Mor
10th: BIRMINGHAM, Glee Club
12th: NOTTINGHAM, Glee Club
13th: MANCHESTER, Royal Northern College of Music

Tickets are on sale now. For more details visit www.thefutureheads.com.

 

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