Until the Futureheads blasted into the Top 10, five years back, with a spiky post-punk cover of Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love," Sunderland had been a musical backwater, with only Kenickie, the Lauren Laverne fronted punk-pop outfit, making a national impression. "Not knowing the rules enabled us to take risks," explains the guitarist, Ross Millard, "to act on our own instinct."

Celebrating a decade together in 2010, and with album number four ready for release, the Futureheads still live in the city. "There's a clear lack of ego in Sunderland," Millard says. "You have that underdog spirit if you come from this place." That underdog spirit, allied to an absence of other cultural distractions, helps to explains why the city is now punching above its weight musically. Its young have simply been forced to make their own entertainment. [UK Times]

The Futureheads will bring their fourth album, The Chaos, out June 1st on Dovecote Records, for a stateside tour this June, after a long run of UK dates. A track from the record is downloadable above.

As part of the tour, the band will be playing three NYC-area shows. The first, at Music Hall of Williamsburg, happens on Tuesday, June 1st. The third is a week later on June 8th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and general sale Friday at noon.

Between those, the band's show include a gig at Maxwell's in Hoboken on June 5th. Maxwell's tickets are on sale now.

All tour dates, new album info, a live video and more are below...


"The Chaos" Tracklisting
1 The Baron
2 The Chaos
3 The Connector
4 Dart In The Map
5 Heartbeat Song
6 I Can Do That
7 Jupiter
8 Stop The Noise
9 Struck Dumb
10 Sun Goes Down
11 This Is The Life

The Futureheads - 2010 Tour Dates
Apr 15 Oxford, England - The Regal (DJ)
Apr 26 Norwich, England - Arts Centre
Apr 27 Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
Apr 28 Leeds, England - Cockpit
May 01 Middlesbrough, England - The Empire (club night)
May 02 Manchester, England - Academy 3
May 03 Sheffield, England - The Leadmill
May 04 Birmingham, England - Academy 2
May 06 London, England - Scala
May 07 Gloucester, England - Guildhall
May 08 Coventry, England - Kasbah
May 10 Bristol, England - Thekla
May 11 Exeter, England - The Cavern
May 12 Portsmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms
May 13 Northampton, England - Roadmenders
May 29 Warsaw, Poland - Ursynalia Festival
May 30 Newcastle, England - Evolution Weekender
Jun 01 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun 02 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
Jun 03 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
Jun 04 Washington, DC - Black Cat
Jun 05 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
Jun 07 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Jun 08 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Jun 10 Toronto, Ontario - Mod Club
Jun 11 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
Jun 12 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Jun 15 Carmarthenshire, Wales - Beach Break Festival