OK. This is great. I love this on pretty much every level. I was kind of ambivalent to The Futureheads when they first passed through my life. I quite liked that Kate Bushthing they did, and I rather enjoyed going “Uh-oh-uh-oh-uh!” at indie disco singalongs. But other than that, I don’t think the album ever made the sacred passge from my packed out, waiting room shelf to the first-class lounge that is my iPod. But this, I like. The Futureheads have made a record with no instruments at all. It is called Rant, and it is strictly a cappella.
Set for an April 2nd release through their own label, Nul Records, Rant will feature a variety of re-arranged Futureheads songs alongside medieval and traditional folk songs. The release will be accompanied by a UK tour which will feature only a capella and acoustic performances, including a show at London’s picturesque Union Chapel. Here’s what the band said about deciding to ditch the guitars, drums, and everything else for that matter in preference for a purely vocal experiment:
“If we were gonna carry on making music,’” Ross Millard explains, “we needed to change it up. Making another Futureheads record as per usual wasn’t something that appealed to us. We’ve always been a four-part harmony group; it’s been a massive part of the genetics of this band…A Futureheads fan who doesn’t get Rant is not a Futureheads fan. “