Thursday Thive: Future of the Left

Posted on June 27, 2013


Future of the Left are probably my favourite Welsh band of all the times. That’s true I think? No one else comes close to mind, so it must be true. Their first 2 albums in particular were collections of glorious vitriol backed by the sorts of hooks that holy hell, you can’t shake them. Anyway, why would you even want to? These are the funnest pop songs you can think of. The fact they are so full of bile only adds to the perverse joy of it all. Here’s my Thive.

5: ‘Plague of Onces’ (Curses)
Why put the body where the body don’t wanna go? Sage advice. Bass heavy, catchy, angry, everything that makes this band beautiful in a single song. This is a lovely live video as well, with the usual wonderful crowd interaction.

4: ‘Manchasm’ (Curses)
As poppy as it gets. Almost jovial. The video is fantastic as well, featuring an inspiring feline cameo.

3: ‘Arming Eritrea’ (Travels with Myself and Another)
Pretty arse blazing wonderful opening track from album number two. I have no idea who ‘Rick’ is, but there we go. The higher guitars of the chorus are great here, especially when they begin to blow all out in the middle eight before coming back round to the full throttle balls to the wall. I could have made these excuses in my sleep. Brilliant.

4: ‘adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood’ (Curses)
The very definition of thrust rock. I dare you, try all you can to resist, but when it all comes cascading through after the glorious ‘roll on’ cacophany, all bets are off.

1: ‘You Need Satan More Than He Needs You’ (Travels with Myself and Another)
There is oh so much to love about this song. Aside from easily being the most romantic song about satanic orgies ever written, the bass tone is wonderful, the lyrics are gorgeous, it is catchy as balls despite the strange timing. The outro is something I would kill to hear on the radio. It is one of the few songs written in the last 10 years that I can 100% imagine still adoring when I’m a very old grumpy man. Wonderful.

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