It’s been four years since British modern rockers Futureheads last toured in North America. And frontman Barry Hyde says they’ve missed us.
“It’s a privilege to be here,” Hyde, 28, explains, “because let us not forget rock ‘n’ roll was invented in your fine country, and it is very much for me still alive and brimming with the attitude of it, if not the music. The attitude is still there. We built off that massively.
“And people love showmanship here. We learned how to become showmen through watching American punk bands from Washington, D.C., like Fugazi — that kind of confrontational, in your face but not insulting you connection British bands quite often fail to achieve. We love it, and it’s wonderful to be in the place it comes from.”
So what took so long? Hyde cites financial reasons; with its third album, 2008’s “This is Not the World,” the Futureheads left the label ranks and started their own Nul Records imprint. The projected budget for going across the pond was simply too much, but the band finds itself in better circumstances this year, as it promotes a new set called “The Chaos.”
“We’re a lot happier now,” Hyde says. “The way I feel is this is exactly where we were meant to be. This is our 10th anniversary, and ‘The Chaos’ has the same spirit as our (2004) debut did, when you write a bunch of songs without the knowledge it’s going to be an album. You don’t have a fan base. You’re not aware anyone’s gonna be critiquing it.
“You can make a very honest record that way. It’s taken us 10 years to remember that attitude of doing it purely for the 100 percent joy of it. This is us realizing that we’re doing it correctly.”
The Futureheads, the Like and the Static Jacks perform Friday, June 11, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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