The Futureheads are an English post-punk band from Sunderland consisting of Ross Millard (vocals and guitar), Barry Hyde (vocals and guitar), David "Jaff" Craig (bass guitar) and Dave Hyde (drums). Their name comes from the title of The Flaming Lips album, Hit to Death in the Future Head.
The Futureheads played their first gig at Ashbrooke Cricket and Rugby Club in December 2000. They debuted with their "Nul Book Standard" EP and then their "123 Nul EP" on 10 March 2003, and later that year released their first single, "First Day", on 4 August. "First Day" peaked at No. 58 in the UK Singles Chart in August 2003.
The Futureheads released their self-titled debut album in September 2004 on 679 recordings. Five tracks of the tracks were produced by Andy Gill of Gang of Four. The rest of the album was produced by Paul Epworth. The song "Decent Days and Nights" from the album was featured in the video game soundtrack to Burnout 3 on PlayStation 2 and Xbox as well as EA's Rugby 2005.
On 21 February 2005, "Hounds of Love", a cover of a Kate Bush song, was released as a single. It reached number eight in the UK Singles Chart in its first week, and was named Best Single of 2005 by NME. The band toured the United States and later supported the Pixies, Foo Fighters and Snow Patrol.
They performed at BBC Radio One's One Big Weekend, held in their home town of Sunderland over the weekend of 78 May 2005. On 8 May 2005 Sunderland A.F.C. picked up the Championship trophy. In tribute, the Futureheads performed a set live at the Stadium of Light as pre-match entertainment.
The stand-alone EP, Area was released in November 2005 while the band was working on their second album News and Tributes (name inspired by the Munich air disaster in 1958), which, according to NME in February 2006, took only five weeks to produce. The first single from the album was "Skip to the End" released on 15 May. The album News and Tributes was first released on 29 May 2006.
The band became disillusioned with major label music business and being under contract, and were released by 679 Recordings. Hyde said "we were desperate to get out of the record deal, they could easily have kept us and made us try and make more records but we didn't want that'.
Throughout the rest of 2006, The Futureheads started their own independent record label, Nul Records, and started working on songs for their next album.
In June 2007, they reportedly completed work on their third album, This Is Not the World, which was released in May 2008. Millard said that he expected the new album to be punkier than the last album. He also revealed that the band was close to splitting during the time after the second album was released.
The band made a free download called "Broke Up The Time" available from their website on 9 November 2007. They also announced three gigs in the UK followed by a full UK tour and now have their own label, Nul Records, set up exclusively to distribute Futureheads material. In December 2007 the band released a video of them walking around Carnaby Street, London to the single "The Beginning of the Twist". It was also accompanied by a free download of a song called "Crash".
The second single from their album "Radio Heart" was released on 19 May (and featured in the game Colin McRae's DiRT 2), 2008 from their album This Is Not The World followed by the release of the music video for the single on 16 April. A third single from the album, Walking Backwards, was released on 4 August 2008.
Their latest single, "I Wouldn't Be Like This If You Were Here", was released on 8 December 2008. In 2009 the band played at the biggest open-air festival in Europe Przystanek Woodstock in Poland. In November 2009, the band allowed fans to download a new free track, "Struck Dumb", for a period of two weeks. The band released their 4th album, entitled The Chaos, on 26 April 2010 in the UK. The Chaos was released in the US on 1 June 2010, on Dovecote Records.
The Futureheads released their fifth full length album, Rant, on 2 April 2012. In a change from their usual style, this album is entirely a cappella. The songs on the album are all covers consisting of classic Futureheads songs and traditional folk songs with a couple of others thrown in.
Rant was nominated for the Artrocker 'Album Of The Year' award in 2012.