Sheffield live date for 'sonic anarchists' Black Futures
Self-styled sonic anarchists Black Futures play Picture House Social in Sheffield next week.
Their February 11 show forms part of a tour which follows on from the success of their debut album Never Not Nothing, released last August to huge praise from the music magazines and newspaper critics.
They pulled off a string of impressive performances supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, as well as at a number festival appearances at All Points East, Camden Rocks, Download Festival, Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds.
Never Not Nothing features a collection of apocalyptic anthems showcasing their “vision of a crumbling world, inhabited by a cast of random reprobates and shot through with a sardonic British humour”, according to their press publicity.
They combine distorted rock sounds with dance-inspired electronica.
That feels like an offbeat combination, but it does work very well.
The album tracks often sound excitingly angry and urgent, but also have the sort of well-polished production that pulls the most apocalyptic aspects back from the brink and makes the songs far more listenable.
Ahead of the album release, the duo had a great time causing all sorts of mayhem, from kidnapping music industry executives to performing in an abandoned Russian Cold War bunker in Berlin and erecting a monolithic version of their logo in the middle of a hippy commune in Joshua Tree, California, before heading off to film against the suitably Blade Runner-style backdrop of Tokyo.
One song, Me.TV, features a spoken call to arms from Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, which won’t do their street cred any harm at all, of course.