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!