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Futureheads Practice Preparation In Moderation

Of the Oakland Press

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Britain’s Futureheads began working on songs for their second album, “News and Tributes,” while touring to promote their lauded self-titled 2004 debut. But singer-guitarist Barry Hyde says the group was careful not to prepare them too much.

“What we learned from the first album was that if you save some of the creativity till you’re in the studio, it can sound a lot more exciting than if it’s already arranged,” explains Hyde, 25, who formed the Futureheads while he was working as a tutor at a youth center in England.

“You’ve got to be confi dent that you are going to be able to arrange it in a generally short space of time, which can lead to some pressure once you’re in the studio. But it worked out all right; we worked long hours and got it done pretty quick, in about fi ve weeks.”

For “News and Tributes,” the quartet, which includes Hyde’s younger brother Dave on drums, decided to record at a secluded studio in a converted farmhouse in England’s Scarborough area — made famous by that Simon & Garfunkel song — rather than in London.

“We just wanted to go and do, like, the Led Zeppelin thing — go into the country side and make an album in the hills,” Hyde says. “We wanted to open things up a lot more We felt that in some ways our first album lacked that; it was quite cluttered. This time we were able to use some big rooms at this place, so that helped make it sound bigger, like we wanted.”

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