DOWNLOAD: Future of the Left - The Hope That House Built (MP3)
Future of the Left @ Webster Hall (more by Nathan Miller)
Welsh trio Future of the Left (ex-mclusky) are coming to North America for a July tour in support of their latest record, Travels With Myself And Another, which is out now on 4AD. The first single from that is above.
That tour starts with a secret show (shhh) at Brooklyn's Spike Hill on Sunday, July 12th. The 8pm gig will act as an unofficial after-party to the Mission of Burma/Fucked Up/Ponytail show at Williamsburg Waterfront earlier in the day. I think the Spike Hill show will also be FOTL's first first headlining NYC show, and their first-ever Brooklyn show.
Future of the Left's Andrew Falkous recently had a nice, long rant about why people should leave him alone about working with producer Steve Albini, who recorded a bunch of Falkous' Mclusky records. Faklous said...
..."I'm usually polite about it for the most part but it is very difficult to summon up the effort to answer the question for the seventh time in a day. You end up saying 'I just told that guy over there, see the guy in the orange, fucking ask him what it's like to work with Steve Albini, because I've already used up all the variant ways I can think of of expressing it."...Albini's band Shellac was just added to the 2009 ATP NY festival. Andrew's answer, in full, and all tour dates, below....
Quietus: So, what's it like to work with Steve Albini? You get that a lot then?
FOTL's Andrew Falkous: "You certainly do at ATP. The other two guys were there for the whole weekend and stayed there with their girlfriends, but I decided not to for precisely that reason. The last time I was at ATP it was all about people turning up and going 'what's it like to work with Steve Albini?' And I would say: 'shall I give you his chalet number and you can go over and fucking ask him yourself?' What do people think it's like to work with Steve Albini? He's a guy, with a body and a head. He presses record when you start playing. You need to say whether or not you like the take or not and then you get to keep it or you do another take. I mean, I don't know what magic people think goes on in his studio. He inspires you using voodoo, or he's the Jose Mourinho of record producing or something. I just don't quite understand, and yet so many people ask it. I'm usually polite about it for the most part but it is very difficult to summon up the effort to answer the question for the seventh time in a day. You end up saying 'I just told that guy over there, see the guy in the orange, fucking ask him what it's like to work with Steve Albini, because I've already used up all the variant ways I can think of of expressing it.'
"People ask you who have very little time for Albini. It's like 'oh you met Mohammad Ali once?' That's right. 'AND you recorded with Steve Albini.' You know, I mean let's face it, in terms of a certain strata of music, there's nobody more... I wouldn't necessarily say revered as Albini, but I would say definitely, I dunno, talked about... like some inscrutable godhead figure or something. I genuinely don't understand it.
"A lot of the people who are fascinated with Mr Albini are older than us. They're not, generally speaking, kids. A lot of kids don't know where, why or who Shellac are. You could probably tell that after our shows talking to Bob Weston outside the main pavillion stage. Some little kid, dressed like a fucking... oh I dunno, I should stop talking about how people dress... but dressed like a fanny, comes up and pushes Bob out of the way, and I say 'I was just talking to him' and he says, 'you can talk to him later'. I say 'how about I talk to him now?' and he goes 'I always knew you were a prick'."
Future of the Left - 2009 Tour Dates
July 10 The Garage, London
July 12 Spike Hill, Brooklyn
July 13 Maxwell's, Hoboken
July 14 Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia
July 15 El Mocambo, Toronto
July 17 T.T. The Bear's Place, Boston
July 18 Siren Music Festival, New Yotk
July 19 DC9, Washington
July 20 Southgate House, Newport
July 21 Schubas, Chicago
July 22 Turf Club, St Paul
July 25 Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle
July 26 Virgin Festival, Vancouver
July 28 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco
July 31 Spaceland, Los Angeles
August 15 Summer Sundae Festival, Leicester