The Futureheads were part of the 00’s post punk wave that swept the UK. Hailing from Sunderland, the bands founding members were Barry Hyde, David Craig and Peter Brewis and they all met through studying at the City of Sunderland College.
The band played their first-ever gig together at a cricket and rugby club whilst taking the time to work on recording their first EP. After some moderate chart success with their early singles, they began working on a debut album with Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill.
Released in September 2004, their self-titled debut arrived and in February 2005 their cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds Of Love’ was a huge success, catapulting the band to number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also named the best single of the year by NME.
The success of this album was felt in the support slots they were able to gain with huge bands such as the Foo Fighters, Oasis and Pixies. Their second album ‘News And Tributes’ arrived in 2006 and this time it featured Blur and Depeche Mode collaborator Ben Hillier on production duty.
Since then they have gone on to release four more albums, 2008’s ‘This Is Not The World’, ‘The Chaos’ in 2010 and ‘Rant’ in 2012 which was an album of acapella reworkings of old songs and a couple of covers.
Following the tour of their 2012 album, The Futureheads went on a hiatus to focus on their different creative projects and started different jobs. They all remained friends and despite no plans to, they came together again in mid-2018.
It resulted in their last album ‘Powers’ which was released in 2019 and spoke of Brexit, parenting and much more. It was a much-welcomed return for a beloved 00’s band and saw them being as inventive with their arrangements as we’ve come to expect.
They will be bringing their iconic catalogue to Highest Point this year and it’s a phenomenal opportunity to come and see such an important band in the flesh on Saturday 4th September.
Tickets are on sale at Skiddle.com