Future Of The Left – ‘Love Songs For Our Husbands EP’

Our rating:

While it may not be their definitive work, ‘Love Songs For Our Husbands’ is superlative

Future Of The Left have enjoyed a first-rate summer. Finding themselves without a label after 2012 album ‘The Plot Against Common Sense’, they crowdfunded its follow-up in the space of just five hours (this 10-minute ball of elastic and nails is just to tide fans over). Oh, and singer Andy Falkous married bassist Julia Ruzicka last month – though chances are the EP’s title is not a reference to this event. The sleeve art, by curdled cartoonist Krent Able, is FOTL’s finest yet. Keyboards, much as they’ve been used splendidly by the group at times, are marginal, when they’re present at all. Each song runs at an energetic clip, the rhythmic thunder indulging the band’s Chicago noise-rock side. It’s not so much back to basics as creating new basics – they’re rarely as punkishly orthodox as they are on ‘An Idiot’s Idea Of Ireland’ – and while it may not be their definitive work, ‘Love Songs For Our Husbands’ is superlative.

Noel Gardner