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David Shrigley – Hayward & all round awesomeness

5 Feb

Could not more be looking forward to the David Shrigley Brain Activity show at the Hayward Gallery – some of the images below taken from the show’s website. He is such a lovely man too who was beyond generous with his time for The Futureheads, FH10 project to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice. For a bargain £50 (+ £7.50 50% postage cost to celebrate this show) a limited edition 1/100 Shrigley print could be yours. Only a few left so get a move on if you fancy one! Anyway check out his Hayward show below = I can not wait!



















18 Sep

Lovely Rene from Nerdcore sent me a link to this Iceage (awesome Danish band) video  saying, and I quote, “like The Futureheads but new”.

I was like yeah yeah yeah but in fact I can actually see where he is coming from although clearly no one can ever measure up to the beautiful North Eastern tones of The Futureheads and my wonderful friends the ever wondrous Barry, Jaff, Ross & Dave.

PS: They also answered my question on who the fuck still uses My Space ;-)

(and the) Pictures in The Sky

8 Jun

OK  I LOVE this new song / video from Hyde & the Beast – Hyde being Dave of the lovely Futureheads or as he is known to my iPhone Dave FH. Video is from Ian West.

I have been lucky enough to have had the album since December and I bloody well adore it…

The Soda Seven vs The Futureheads

22 Jan

Well my exploration of Saturday night ‘get ready tunes’ has taken an unexpected turn with this random track I have not heard before…

Somehow this sample really works for me but equally I feel really guilty for liking it (sorry boys )… I can’t think of a situation in which I would not HEART Barry’s voice to be honest, but it is the Ross dance track background which takes this to a whole new level of strangeness (don’t get me wrong I LOVE his voice too but it’s the context I find strange). Anyway enough of this blogging lark it’s playtime!

As an aside I just had to screen grab the recommended tags which WordPress spat out for this post – “List of Home and Away characters” WTF?!

Christmas was better in the 80′s

2 Dec

Pretty fucking awesome single from my friends The Futureheads – video exclusive over at NME. If you are going to click through on one link today then make sure this is it! I am just gutted by the lack of Christmas antlers, I might have to buy them some…


FH10: David Shrigley, Stuart Semple, Pete Fowler…

16 Nov

The Futureheads Celebrate Their 10th Birthday With the Help of Iconic British Artists

The Futureheads, have collaborated with iconic artists including David Shrigley, Pete Fowler and Stuart Semple to create a series of limited edition prints, raising money for Newcastle based charities with all of the artists generously giving their time for free. The project came about as the band discussed ways to celebrate their 10th birthday, ahead of their ‘Futurefest’ gig on the 23rd December in Newcastle. For the ‘FH10’ project the band sent each one of the artists an album, and asked them to respond to its music as if creating the album cover for the first ever time. Taking about the project Ross Millard of the band said:

For us, FH10 is a brilliant way of us celebrating ten years of making music together; new life breathed into our back-catalogue by four artists whose work we have admired from afar for many years.

We wanted to celebrate our first decade in a creative way, not by slobbering over a few pints, desperately trying to recall venues we played back in the early days, but by looking toward the future by giving birth to something new – having new creations to enjoy and shout about.

Over the years we’ve written and recorded a lot of music, and in the last few years we’ve even released some of it ourselves too, but projects like this one, that operate on the fringes of the music, are often the most fun to be part of, because they can teach you a thing or two about a world you don’t inhabit on a daily basis.  It’s been wonderful collaborating with artists who can re-interpret our music into something completely new and invigorating – waiting to see what they’d come back with was really exciting.

Each of the prints is available in a strictly limited edition run of 100, signed by the artists and priced at £50. They will go on sale via leading online cultural retailer Culture Label on the 6th December, available on a first come first served basis.

The Artists

David Shrigley, The Chaos (2010):

David graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. His works on paper, photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world. Previously David has made cover art for bands such as Deer Hoof and Malcolm Middleton.

He’s a great artist who makes twisted lo-fi drawings, sculptures and other bits. They’re often amusing but can also be dark and difficult. He lives in Glasgow where he went to art school. Since then he’s made a name for himself with books and postcards, and by appearing in 2000′s Beck’s Futures, among loads of other things (source).

The Chaos by David Shrigley (limited edition of 100, each signed by the artist, £50)

Pete Fowler, This Is Not The World (2008):

Pete Fowler is best known for his artwork for the Welsh band Super Furry Animals. He has recently directed a video for Clinic, and also created a set of toys for The Might Boosh and The Magic Numbers. Pete’s work inhabits a world where character design meets music and art in a weird and wonderful way. That world is Monsterism Island, a place where banjos are played by horned owls and synths tweaked by mutant horses. His unique instantly recognizable approach and sense of playfulness and visual adventures that have brought his work to the attention of people around the world.


Stuart Semple, News & Tributes (2006):

Stuart Semple’s drawing, painting and printmaking re-articulates pop cultural elements into a personal universe of fear, isolation and nostalgia. He is one of the most critically and commercially successful British artists of the post YBA generation. He has been recognized by The Times, i-D, BBC, Esquire, GQ, L’Uomo Vogue, Art News, ArtForum and others. Stuart’s works can be found in the Getty, Niarchos and David Roberts collections. He also counts Debbie Harry, Sienna Miller and Jean Charles de Castelbajac amongst his celebrity collectors and supporters. Semple regularly exhibits worldwide, recently completed a Lady GaGa cover for West East Magazine (Hong Kong).

News & Tributes by Stuart Semple (limited edition of 100, each signed by the artist, £50)


Lyndsey Jameson, The Futureheads (2004):

The Futureheads discovered Sunderland based Lyndsey’s work at the National Portrait Gallery and instantly knew they wanted her to be part of the Futureheads 10 project. An artist based in the north-east of England, she graduated from Sunderland University in 2004, since which time her work has been displayed in local galleries and notably featured in the BP Portrait Award 2010 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.


The Futureheads

The Futureheads are about to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their first ever live performance. Since forming in Barry and David Hyde’s garage in winter 2000, the Sunderland fourpiece have released four albums, ‘The Futureheads’ (2004) ‘News & Tributes’ (2006) ‘This Is Not The World’ (2008) and ‘The Chaos’ (2010). Famous for their four part harmonies and exhilarating live shows, their hits include ‘Decent Days and Nights’, ‘The Beginning Of The Twist’  and ‘Hounds of Love’.

With their roots firmly in the North-East, the band set up their own label in 2008, Nul Records, which has seen the release of the bands last two studio albums. Their most recent album ‘The Chaos’ featured the top 20 hit ‘Heartbeat Song’ and 2010 has seen the band touring throughout the USA, Europe and the UK. The Futureheads will be headlining a celebratory 10-year event, Futurefest, at Newcastle Academy on 23rd December, featuring a host of the best bands from the North-East.

To keep updated with all the latest news from the band please visit: www.thefutureheads.co.uk, or follow them @thefutureheads

Notes for editors:

For more information please contact: Emma Thomas  / emma.thomas@chancecollective.co.uk

Brilliant Design Lecture – ‘The Chaos’ consumed

8 Nov Tate&Lyle

I am going to be talking about this installation at Wednesday’s Brilliant Design Lecture:

Here is The Futureheads V Miss Cakehead ‘The Chaos’ cookie installation for  Cake Britain – the world’s first totally edible art exhibition supported by Tate & Lyle (and an event from The Mad Artists Tea Party). I can’t believe my insane idea ending up looking this good, and importantly that everyone loved it too. Personally I knew I adored this piece as soon as it was done (even if this was about 60 seconds before we opened the doors for the private view on Thursday), and the band gave it their seal of approved too on Sunday.

Importantly all proceeds & donations from Cake Britain are to charity  (including a donation towards Newcastle based St Oswald’s House specifically for this piece), which is a really important factor in this mayhem for me.

The vanilla cookies were from Molly Bakes & Kookie Cookies, the installation elements from the amazing Bruno & Ben (not to mention everyone else who got stuck in to make sure it was ready in time for opening). You all ROCK!

Rough sums: 200 hours to make in all / eaten in about an hour.

Being eaten by guests at the show:

& being gobbled by the band (geeks will notice the sync up of images):


The Futureheads US bound

21 Sep

If you live in the US then get involved with The Futureheads US tour – such an awesome band live!

Rock stars who love cookies

2 Sep

Massive thanks to Mary Bowers at The Times for this great piece of #MATP coverage in The Times last week. Great photography from her colleague Mary  too – you really would not know the ‘a’ was a cardboard one I made after the real icing one went AWOL. Mollybakes made the cupcakes in these pictures which, I have been told, were rather tasty indeed; and of course a lesser band would not have lied down on a damp carpet, in a field in Bromely to get this great shot! All round awesomeness.

Full & private Futureheads

16 Aug

Really good charity event here (in conjunction with Metro radio) and one that deserves lots of support. This is the crack… please do share / blog / RT :-)

Hi everyone – it’s Ross from The Futureheads here. I hope you can hear me.

Over the next few days, we’re offering up what we think is a very cool opportunity for someone who’s based in the North East of England. We’re working with Metro Radio & Magic 1152 on behalf of St Oswald’s Hospice, a charity that supports children and families who are suffering life limiting and life threatening illnesses, on a ‘money can’t buy’ auction extravaganza.

So what is this prize? What would you be bidding on? Well, we’re offering a FULL AND PRIVATE FUTUREHEADS ACOUSTIC GIG for the highest bidder.

So whether it be in your office, at your school, for a birthday party, wedding day or in your very own living room, we’ll be there, busting out the big ones, for your private audience.I should add that we’ve never done this before, but St Oswalds Hospice offers such an important facility that we felt that we needed to get involved and we reckon that this is the most fun way we can offer our help and services!

Metro Radio’s ‘Cash For Kids’ is aiming to raise £35,000 to support disabled and disadvantaged children in the North East region, so please, take a look at the website, have a word with your pals, colleaguesor bosses, and see if we can raise some good money for a vital cause. Get involved online here, the auction ends at 9am on Tuesday August 17th. Telephone bids can be placed on this number: 0191 279 0247. Between 8am and 9am next Tuesday morning, Metro Radio ‘Cash For Kids’ will have live radio coverage of the final hour of the auction, as the race for the prize hots up. If you’re interested in donating to the Cash For Kids campaign (but don’t want the lovely boys in your bedroom) you can donate here.


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