The Futureheads return with new album and UK tour

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The Futureheads have announced an end to their hiatus with a new album and a UK tour.

The Sunderland indie veterans, who rose to fame in 2004 with their self-titled debut album containing the singles ‘Decent Days And Nights’ and their staple cover of Kate Bush‘s ‘Hounds Of Love’, have not released an album since 2012’s a capella album ‘Rant!‘. During the hiatus, frontman Barry Hyde released solo material.

Now, the band have confirmed their return, sharing footage from the studio, news on a new record, and unveiling nationwide shows this summer.

“The Futureheads breathe frantically once more,” said the band in a statement. “After our a cappella album ‘Rant!’, strapping the electric guitars back on seemed suddenly alien. A hiatus was needed: around 2000 days it seems…

“Over the past 12 months we’ve been chipping away at our 6th album. It is the culmination of every ounce of energy we have: a return, we hope, to bombastic, daring, creative righteousness. We are almost finished. We are in love with this record. We believe in it.”

They added: “We can’t wait to see you again. The Futureheads are coming soon.”

The band’s upcoming UK tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday January 25 and will be available here.

Saturday May 4 – STOKE Sugarmill
Tuesday May 28 – CARDIFF Globe
Wednesday May 29 – LONDON Garage
Thursday May 30 – BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Friday May 31 – NORWICH Waterfront
Saturday June 1 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms

Of his 2016 solo album ‘Malody’, Hyde previously said that it was written about his mental health struggles during his time with the band.

“I was just kind of being pushed along by this thing, and it wasn’t until I’d reached a point where we were having longer breaks in between albums and not doing as much touring that I started to see it and realise that I was completely messed up,” he said. “This ecstasy of creating something followed by disillusionment is something that any creative person will experience. But because I had gone unchecked for some time, the illness had developed into something quite dangerous.”

He added: “We kept going and we had amazing fun, but there was always pressure on me to have ideas and sometimes I wasn’t a very good leader.”