Taking Back Sunday have released a semi-acoustic live album and amazingly Lazzara sings in tune. And there are strings and pianos and interesting things. It feels like 2002 all over again. Click above to hear it on Spotify.
Futures - The Holiday. Whilst the big release on most people’s lips this week has been Miss Goulding, I’ve personally been all about the debut record from Futures, the band formed from the ashes of Tonight is Goodbye. I first met Futures when I went down to Peter Miles’ studio in Devon in the summer to begin recording my album. Back then they were finishing off this release, and now it’s finally seeing the light of day.
The Holiday contains seven tracks (an EP? Mini album?) of pop-rock joy. If, like me, you’ve heard Futures mentioned in the same breath as You Me At Six et al, forget all of that. This offering has far more in common with the melodic rock of Jimmy Eat World and newer Taking Back Sunday, possibly with a bit of The Rocket Summer feel-good factor thrown in for good measure, albeit without Bryce’s love-it-or-hate-it girly squeal. Good, solid pop-rock with a fun, dance-y, upbeat tinge.
The best thing about The Holiday is that you get it for free with Rock Sound Magazine this month, so if you’re wandering past a WHSmith in the next few days, you should nip inside and grab a copy. You can have a listen to Futures on their MySpace or check out the video for The Boy Who Cried Wolf on YouTube.