Welcome back, buzz band. Bigger club this time-the hype's a bit too big for thebritches of our piddlier watering holes, eh? So you're from northeast England. Soyou toured with Franz Ferdinand, who we hear is really cool to like. So Gang ofFour's Andy Gill produced five songs on your debut. So your vocals are the bestthing since that little woman sung that one song about the spook that loitered atthe opera. All four-part harmonies yelped with an energy we haven't heard sincewe told our nephew he could dig the prize out of the socket with a fork. Prettyfun. You even have a bloody good (we get that right?) single about how badcorporate jobs suck and we all wanna be Office Space freedom fighters and coldbum-rush the Machine. And your accents are so damn thick you sound like sexyforeigners even to Tony Blair, whom we understand you're not a huge fan of. We'llhave you know that in the U.S. of A., especially in San Diego, we proudly wearour work-ID cards around our necks on prez-loving W.W.B.D.? shoestrings. It's atoss-up which we like better-new music or new prescription meds. Welcome to SanDiego, Futureheads. Our arms are folded. Impress us.
CityBeat: You've got some really whacked accents. Is it some sort of speechimpediment?
The Futureheads: Some may say that, some may say that. Maybe everyone else in theworld has speech impediments....
You've said you "dance around like idiots." Can you explain in detail the IdiotDance?
It's like a cross between moonwalking and the chim-chimeney dance from MaryPoppins.
Dancing, by the way, is really uncool. It's so much better to go to a show andcross your arms over your chest and look disapprovingly in the direction of thestage. Why do you like dancing? We're crazy like that, anyway we've been to somany shows that you get arm ache from crossing them so much.
I heard you don't partake of all the lascivious wonders groupies have to offer.Do you suffer from erectile dysfunction?
I don't like to talk about it.... It happens to loads of guys.
You guys used to work in a youth group that got kids off the streets and taught'em music. Don't tell me you have hearts? That must really be a burden.
Nah, 'twas OK, really. You get to have your own way and suppress some minds atthe same time.
"First Day" is bloody brilliant. Who's got a good I-hate-my-job story to share?
Jaff [the one-named bassist]: I used to work at Kwik Save, a really crapsupermarket in the U.K. Stacking shelves was the best part of the job, but therewere loads of sexy mams working there, so it was OK.
The Futureheads play with the Shout Out Louds and High Speed Scene at theEpicentre, 7 p.m. on March 12. $10-$12. 858-271-4000.