The Encore Was a Piece of Crap

The Futureheads at SPINhouse, April 26, 2005

The Futureheads at SPINhouse, April 26, 2005

The Futureheads at SPINhouse, April 26, 2005

The Futureheads at SPINhouse, April 26, 2005

The Futureheads stopped by the SPIN offices today to do an acoustic SPINhouse session.

Thankfully the crowd was a tad thinner than the packed-to-the-gills-cause-Gawker-posted-about-it set by the Kaiser Chiefs last month. Upon sitting down guitarist/vocalist Ross joked that this was the first time they’d ever played acoustic…ever. Bassist Jaff quickly pronounced him as being a “liar” and urged everyone else to call him such.

During one of the songs vocalist/guitarist Barry noted that the unplugged performance was much like a Crosby Stills and Nash concert. When Jaff inquired which one he was, Barry chortled “Crosby.”

One of the things I like most about The Futureheads is that vocally they sound just like they do on their album. It’s so refreshing to hear clear, strong voices singing music live. Although the performance was a bit more subdued than their usual plugged in sets, the energy in their voices remained. There were even a few funny, quirky moments–such as when drummer Dave took a prolonged pause before continuing his beat and the other three looked over at him in unison. The usually expressionless Dave made a slight smirk at the sudden shift in attention before continuing his drumming.

The setlist was as follows: Robot, Meantime, Alms, Picture of Dorian Grey (TV Personalities cover), Decent Days and Nights, Hounds of Love (Kate Bush cover), Carnival Kids, Piece of Crap (encore).

I think I’m officially the first person to post about this show. Eat THAT Product Shop!

UPDATE: Catch some hot pics over at, get more info about the show at second-place Product Shop, and Brooklyn Vegan.

No Longer Just a Teenage Riot

Surefire at the Bowery Ballroom

I have never been happier for one of my friend’s bands than I am at this very moment. This is the most exciting for me because I’ve seen these guys go from just being precocious kids waiting outside Irving Plaza to being the recognized musicians they are today. Not only are they playing Bowery Ballroom, they’re opening up for the super-excellent band The Sights (who were recently on the cover of the Metro Times and just released their video for “Circus“). Success!

“Get Behind Me Satan” Cover Emerges

Get Behind Me Satan

That Jack and Meg, always up to something sneaky! Now that the cover for Get Behind Me Satan has been revealed by Triple Tremelo, I’m going to have to spend countless hours trying to figure out why they used an almost identical photo with stand ins for the cover art of the single, “Blue Orchid” (see below). Thanks to Tess for the head’s up.

Your thoughts are welcome.

Blue Orchid