Future Of The Left: The Plot Against Common Sense

Cardiff art-punks mix snarly jokes with hard-rock poke.

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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.

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.

Stephen Dalton

Stephen Dalton has been writing about all things rock for more than 30 years, starting in the late Eighties at the New Musical Express (RIP) when it was still an annoyingly pompous analogue weekly paper printed on dead trees and sold in actual physical shops. For the last decade or so he has been a regular contributor to Classic Rock magazine. He has also written about music and film for Uncut, Vox, Prog, The Quietus, Electronic Sound, Rolling Stone, The Times, The London Evening Standard, Wallpaper, The Film Verdict, Sight and Sound, The Hollywood Reporter and others, including some even more disreputable publications.