The provincial cities of Britain are awash with bracingly sarcastic, left-leaning social commentators like Andy Falkous. But not all of them form stompingly loud, hilariously snide metal punk bands like Cardiff’s Future Of The Left.
Future Of The Left: The Plot Against Common Sense
Cardiff art-punks mix snarly jokes with hard-rock poke.
Miles removed from metropolitan hipster rock circles, Falkous and co. have developed a uniquely savage and surreal voice that marries gnarly chainsaw guitars and ragged junk-shop keyboards to ranting monologues that unpick contemporary politics, the music industry and popular culture with equally withering disdain. Imagine a heavier, more biting version of Half Man, Half Biscuit.
No longer a trio, the group’s third album features an expanded line-up and a fresh set of acerbic observations on everything from Russell Brand to riots, Billy Corgan to Olympic hype. The hard-driving, brutalist riffs are hardly subtle, but the lyrics are, sometimes even achieving a kind of sublimely deadpan poetry: ‘I have seen into the future, everyone is slightly older’.
The standout track here is Robocop 4 – Fuck off Robocop, a herky-jerky metal-core rant against the infantilised tastes of sequel-loving movie geeks. With this album, Future Of The Left are keeping alive the best kind of punk spirit – sneery yet funny, shouty but brainy.