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A musical renaissance is occurring in the wonderful Welsh capital but the band which anchors it has remained constant for many years. The Future of the Left were born out of a dastardly marriage of two former giants of the Welsh music scene Jarcrew and Mclusky. Their anthem "To hell with good intentions" remains one of the most underrated rock songs of all time and the bands mission statement. FOTL build on this pedigree but also transcend this legacy. They are the frontier leaders in a style of rock which is brutal, witty, venomous and hilarious. They transcend the River Taff with a leg on either bank and bagged last years Welsh Music Prize drinking the Angel Hotel's complete stock of Babychams.

On this new album "How to stop your brain in an accident" all the mighty forces conspire to see Andy Falkous and crew produce their best album since their last best album. By doing so it confirms Falkous as one of the the most inventive rock lyricists who owns a pen and the band as possibly the best in the UK. The recent surging single "Bread, Cheese, Bow and Arrow" obviously about "the staple diet of rodents" was a superb taster for the album. No one quite matches the prickly observations of Falkous not least the line "The loneliness took my ancestors/ that and the lions". Another single in waiting is one of the standout tracks "Singing of the bonesaws". A deep rumbling bass underpins an often hilarious lyric which starts with the pronouncement that "the music industry is lying to you" and on the way observes that "Our survey says shouting inanities in a regional accent is valuable to our culture/ look at Eastenders, Soccer AM or the Queens Speech". You would be foolhardy in the extreme not to consider a download if only to hear Falco's mock English accent. On other songs like the brilliantly titled "Johnny Borell Afterlife" the spiky songs of FOTL are at their inimitable best. What is special however about this new album is just the sheer hard melodic joy of it all. The excellent "Donny of the Decks" combines a singalong and a pointed insult to Tony Blair, while the excellent bass propelled "How to spot a record company" drips spite and sounds like the Australian band The Drones. In the run up the festive season while it may to to much too ask for "The real meaning of Christmas" to be heard wafting from the speakers of John Lewis in Cardiff its a shoe in for an alternative Yuletide mix. We can all certainly singalong to prickly melody and the line which pleads "Liberate your children from presents".

Andy Falkous, Jack Egglestone, Jimmy Watkins and Julia Ruzicka have constructed a corker in "How to stop your brain in a accident". The sinister whispered conclusion "Why aren't I going to hell" with complimentary howls and a nice line on vacuum cleaners sounds like the perfect hangover soundtrack while the two minute punk thrash of `Things To Say To Friendly Policemen' echoes past glories. The album as a whole is bulging jukebox packed with songs that your Grandma would love gift wrapped for Xmas. The Future of the Left are imagination and innovation writ large and not owning this brilliant album should result in an on the spot fine.
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on 25 November 2013
`The music industry is lying to you, it is telling you that you are excited, and you ARE excited' are the opening lines to stand out track `Singing of the bonesaws' from Future of the Left's latest `How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident'. Not only is it a great example of the musical direction the band have taken but it also showcases the barbed wit and sardonic lyrics that infiltrate the whole record. A kind of Wire meets the Sex Pistols but laced with humour and Billy Bragg-esque street politics the fourteen tracks here are the musical equivalent of a chainsaw through fresh wood. Guitars buzz, punky and to the point as the bass and drums rumble low as a perfect backdrop. But it's really in the vocals from lead singer Falco that the real magic lives whether its spitting an anti-testosterone rhetoric or disguising social commentary beneath the faux British accent of an old world news reader there isn't a dull moment in his delivery. Imagine a welsh Jarvis Cocker fronting Blag Flag and singing about the themes touched on in Monkey Dust and you're in the right ball park, funny power punk for the downtrodden and disenfranchised in today's broken Britain.
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on 9 January 2014
Love this album.

Not quite sure how to describe Future of the Left. You could call it indie but intentional indie albums are dull shoe-gazing affairs and this album is anything but. It's got bold noisy metal riffs, infectiously catchy songs and a sense of humour. There is definitely a punk aesthetic in the sound.

'Donny of the Decks' is a personal favourite. A genius chorus combined with a killer drum riff that will make you jump around like an idiot. So brilliantly simple you'll wish you'd thought of it.

The off-beated riff in 'I Don't Know What You Ketamine' is so good it's difficult to describe without using expletives. 'Future Child Embarrassment Matrix' is ridiculously heavy for a quirky alternative band from Cardiff. For three and a half minutes Slipknot can get stuffed.

I have listened to this album way too much. I am in danger of wearing out the CD. It's ace.
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A musical renaissance is occurring in the wonderful Welsh capital but the band which anchors it has remained constant for many years. The Future of the Left were born out of a dastardly marriage of two former giants of the Welsh music scene Jarcrew and Mclusky. Their anthem "To hell with good intentions" remains one of the most underrated rock songs of all time and the bands mission statement. FOTL build on this pedigree but also transcend this legacy. They are the frontier leaders in a style of rock which is brutal, witty, venomous and hilarious. They transcend the River Taff with a leg on either bank and bagged last years Welsh Music Prize drinking the Angel Hotel's complete stock of Babychams.

On this new album "How to stop your brain in an accident" all the mighty forces conspire to see Andy Falkous and crew produce their best album since their last best album. By doing so it confirms Falkous as one of the the most inventive rock lyricists who owns a pen and the band as possibly the best in the UK. The recent surging single "Bread, Cheese, Bow and Arrow" obviously about "the staple diet of rodents" was a superb taster for the album. No one quite matches the prickly observations of Falkous not least the line "The loneliness took my ancestors/ that and the lions". Another single in waiting is one of the standout tracks "Singing of the bonesaws". A deep rumbling bass underpins an often hilarious lyric which starts with the pronouncement that "the music industry is lying to you" and on the way observes that "Our survey says shouting inanities in a regional accent is valuable to our culture/ look at Eastenders, Soccer AM or the Queens Speech". You would be foolhardy in the extreme not to consider a download if only to hear Falco's mock English accent. On other songs like the brilliantly titled "Johnny Borell Afterlife" the spiky songs of FOTL are at their inimitable best. What is special however about this new album is just the sheer hard melodic joy of it all. The excellent "Donny of the Decks" combines a singalong and a pointed insult to Tony Blair, while the excellent bass propelled "How to spot a record company" drips spite and sounds like the Australian band The Drones. In the run up the festive season while it may to to much too ask for "The real meaning of Christmas" to be heard wafting from the speakers of John Lewis in Cardiff its a shoe in for an alternative Yuletide mix. We can all certainly singalong to prickly melody and the line which pleads "Liberate your children from presents".

Andy Falkous, Jack Egglestone, Jimmy Watkins and Julia Ruzicka have constructed a corker in "How to stop your brain in a accident". The sinister whispered conclusion "Why aren't I going to hell" with complimentary howls and a nice line on vacuum cleaners sounds like the perfect hangover soundtrack while the two minute punk thrash of `Things To Say To Friendly Policemen' echoes past glories. The album as a whole is bulging jukebox packed with songs that your Grandma would love gift wrapped for Xmas. The Future of the Left are imagination and innovation writ large and not owning this brilliant album should result in an on the spot fine.
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on 1 May 2014
Future of the Left come out with another very different album that grows on you the more often you listen to it. One of the few original bands left coupled with superb song writing ability that seems to be maturing gives you one of their best offereings to date although I still slightly prefer "the war against common sense." Do yourself a favour - if you haven't already - buy all the albums this band have made. You won't regret it.
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on 19 August 2014
I heard one of their tracks on radio 6 - first time I had heard of them - and read the Amazon review so I took a punt. Good gracious what a wonderful row! The radio 6 track was NOT typical. Woo hoo! While these guys are around there is still revolution and subversion. What else is it all about people? If you must have an idea where they are from musically they seem to my ear to be an anarchic mix of Beefheart and the Magic Band, Sex Pistols, maybe a touch of Pixies - nearly forgot Viv Stanshall and oh yeah Iggy Pop, and some seriously bent and raw poetry. This just absolutely trashes (well stomps on) the idea that there is no good music around. The production is really good too and although I used the word row but these guys can REALLY play. Open the window and let some fresh air called Future of the Left into your life. Top stuff.
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on 27 May 2014
i like them so much! I think this is the best indie band on the market actually! This record, like the previous ones, do not disappoint, it is well played and well recorded, the songs are very good and enjoyable. Buy it with confidence if You like the band, punk, rock, guitars, good songs and Fugazi!
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on 2 May 2014
fotl - took me several years to buy an album by this band but glad i finally did.

excellent stuff from the ex mclusky psychos. love it and will be buying the rest in due course. liked this album so much i bought the t shirt too. bread, cheese bow and arrow makes me smile heeps :)
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on 13 April 2016
Excellent record!!!!
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