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The Futureheads:: News and Tributes (Album Review)

A quick listen to the Sunderland quartet’s follow-up to their eponymous 2004 debut appears to confirm the ‘it’s grim up north’ cliche. Bathed in an austere 1979 light, tracks such as ‘Cope’ and ‘Yes/No’ are the very stuff of indie modism with their Wire-like, post-punk riffs. And then, on ‘Fallout’ and ‘Skip to the End’, their belligerent, white boy rock changes shape and reveals the brightly coloured, rhythmic band within. Best of all is the penultimate ‘Thursday’, wherein Doves-friendly melancholia meets shimmering Beach Boys harmonies. Inspirational stuff.