The Futureheads formed in 2000, in Sunderland. More specifically, in Barrys garage really. The line-up of the band at that point consisted of Jaff (Bass, Vocals), Barry Hyde (Guitar, Vocals), Ross Millard (Guitar, Vocals), and Peter Brewis, now of cerebral pop-masterpiece-makers, Field Music (Drums, Vocals).
After playing a million and one hometown shows, and hopefully aggravating some of the vilest cleg-on bands Britpop could have to offer (on a local level only, obviously, because apparently therell always be a place for a Bluetones DJ set somewhere), the Futuremen took the show on the road. A massive helping hand from Slampt Records Milky Wimpshake sent them on a tour of squats and Youth Centres in Central Europe in summer 2001. Unfortuntaly this also necessitated a change in drummers Peter Brewis had ongoing commitments to other projects. In his place ambled a young pretender. Mr David Hyde (Drums, Vocals).
Eventually, the band developed a greater propensity for living on the edge, quit their day jobs/waited in a more sensible manner and graduated University, committing themselves full-time to a life on the open road.
Several singles followed - the first, Nul Book Standard, can now occasionally be seen casually hanging out on eBay. A relationship with the lovely people at Fantastic Plastic briefly followed and then came the biggie a debut album. The Futureheads was released in summer 2004 on 679 Recordings, and has seen the band on the road pretty much ever since. A considerable amount of time was spent in America in 2005, whereupon Jaff made the discovery that he is very particular about his cheese preferences, and Dave developed a dangerous addiction to buying Playstation computers.
Some highlights of 2005 include playing Glastonbury Festival on Baz's birthday, Hounds Of Love going Top Ten, meeting Dennis Hopper on Jimmy Kimmels US TV Show, and getting that most infamous of Albatrosses, The Second Album, under their belts.
Recording of said album took place over a period of 6 weeks in Winter 2005 in a remote farmhouse near Scarborough, in North Yorkshire. Ben Hillier produced the record, and the band look set to undertake a full UK tour in June 2006.