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.
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.
ARTWORK TO COME
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.
ARTWORK TO COME
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.
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