Futureheads get new frontman for New York gig

Band call on fan to sing 'Hounds Of Love' as sore throat nearly wrecks show

The Futureheads were almost forced to cancel a sell-out show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York this week (June 8) after singer Barry Hyde came down with a sore throat during their first US tour in four years.

However, not wanting to disappoint the capacity crowd, which included model Agyness Deyn and The Mighty Boosh‘s Noel and Mike Fielding, Hyde battled through the 16-track set as guitarist Ross Millard, drummer Dave Hyde and bassist Jaff stepped up their usual vocal duties.

With the set reaching its climax, though, Barry Hyde found Kate Bush cover ‘Hounds Of Love’ was too much of a challenge to his faltering voice and instead called on a fan from the audience to fill in.

Cheered on by the crowd, Tiernan Browne, a 20-year-old student from Newtownshandrum in Ireland, climbed onstage to supply vocals for the singer.

“I’ve been singing that song in the shower for years,” he told NME after his his lyric-perfect performance. “I told myself to forget about the nerves and the reception I got was amazing. I’ve just played the Bowery Ballroom!”

Outside the venue, Hyde congratulated his shell-shocked understudy, declaring him, “My hero!”

The Futureheads played:

‘The Chaos’
‘Decent Days And Nights’
‘Heartbeat Song’
‘Struck Dumb’
‘I Can Do That’
‘First Day’
‘Work Is Never Done’
‘Skip To The End’
‘Back To The Sea’
‘Sun Goes Down’
‘The Beginning Of The Twist’
‘Carnival Kids’
‘Hounds Of Love’
‘Piece Of Crap’