FRANZTASTIC VOYAGE!

The band are on the verge of doing a Coldplay...

The Futureheads are just one more hit from breaking America off the back of their victory at the MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE last week.

The band went straight from last week’s London ceremony (September 7) to the airport, and the following morning were on a plane to New York to tour the US with [/a]. The gigs are setting the scene for [a] – already selling well out there – to go supernova the same way Coldplay

did last year.

As well as playing their biggest venues to date, [/a] have been booked to play on ‘The David Letterman Show’ – one of the highest profile entertainment shows on US TV. They were also the only British band to pick up an award at last month’s MTV VMA Awards in Miami, ‘Take Me Out’ winning Breakthrough Video.

Now experts in the US say that it’s the perfect time for the band to succeed in the US, just as they have over here.

Andy Greenwald is a Senior Contributing Writer at the influential Spin magazine. They’ve just put [a] on the cover and are confident of the band’s future prospects.

“The hard work of laying a foundation has been done,” he told NME.COM. “Now it’s up to them to keep touring, release a second single and video, and build on the really shocking success that they’ve achieved.”

However, singer Alex Kapranos is typically humble about the prospect, despite the opening night of their tour at New York’’s Roseland Ballroom being sold out weeks in advance.

“We’ll have to wait and see [about America],” he told NME.COM. “Things seem really good in America anyway, and it seems particularly good because it’s coming from a word of mouth level. I’m glad that that’s happened beforehand, I’m glad that people are getting into the band because of the music rather than think ‘Oh they won a prize in the UK, maybe we should check them out’. We’re going over to play shows that people wanted to come to because they’d heard the songs, and that’s more important at the end of the day.”