The Futureheads - Area
The Mackem wonders return to the singles circuit with an EP of brand new material. A different 'Head takes chief vocal duties across each of the three tunes provided here, with Barry Hyde coming to the fore for the lead track, most probably the best song ever written about how some parts of towns and cities in particular are more vunerable to crime than others. Already a live favourite, Area showcases the razor sharp melodies, frenetic riffs and random bouts of harmonising that fans have come to know and love, coming together to produce a typically brilliant compressed slice-of-life jitter-punk explosion to judder the very bones. It's so very, very good and yet they make it sound so very, very easy.