The finely-tuned machine that is The Futureheads played the last show of their recent two-week North American tour here in Boston, and the first descriptive word that comes to mind is 'pro'. Tight, energetic, and well-mixed, the quartet was just plain on, and the near-sold-out Paradise crowd felt it.
It's far too beautiful outside for me to be sitting here at my keyboard, so for more on the show, I'll defer to this well-written review from Jay over at Clicky Clicky, who was above me in the balcony. Can't say that I disagree with a single word he shares, and he also provided a link to some great photos from Flickr user Goodmj3. A few more words and pics can be found over at I Guess I'm Floating.
I'll be sharing up some live songs from openers French Kicks in the future as well, but for now, here's the entire Futureheads set for ya. And if you notice a slight amount of audio wavering during a song or two, well... blame the band. I try to remain semi-still when I record, but the Futureheads' energy made that tougher than ever...
I was hooked on their 2004 debut disc right away (thanks in no small part to 'Meantime'), but it took awhile for the follow-up, 'New & Tributes', to really grab me. While the album as a whole wasn't as immediately catchy, the live show really brought those songs up a notch, and I appreciate it far more since.
After a couple European/UK festival dates, The Futureheads return to our shores later this month for another two-week trip...
7/25 - Philadelphia, PA (Starlight) 7/26 - Toronto, ON (Phoenix Concert Theatre) 7/27 - Detroit, MI (Magic Stick) 7/28 - Columbus, OH (Newport Music Hall) 7/29 - Chicago, IL (Union Park - Pitchfork Music Festival) 7/30 - Minneapolis, MN (Varsity Theatre) 8/2 - Denver, CO (Bluebird Theater) 8/3 - Salt Lake City, UT (Club Sound) 8/4 - Las Vegas, NV (Jilian's) 8/5 - San Diego, CA (San Diego Street Scene)
postscript: If anyone has an issue with this live set being made available, just say the word (email link on left). Recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps mp3s. Mp3s are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.