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Album Review

Future of the Left – The Peace and Truce of Future of the Left

Future of the Left - The Peace And Truce Of Future Of The Left

FOTL’s most franken-fuzzed out creature yet.

Label: Prescriptions
Released: 8th April 2016

Rating: ★★★★

Always conjuring up some form of fuzzed out madness, Future of the Left have returned with what is their most franken-fuzzed out creature yet. Bringing forth the idea that music can be terrifying and exciting at the same time, ‘The Peace and Truce of Future of the Left’ stalks you and taunts you until it’s over.

Starting with ‘If AT&T Drank Tea What Would BP Do?”, immediately a shrieking guitar sounds exactly what we’re in for. The track moves along, almost as if it’s circling its prey, before hitting its stride at the very end where it kicks up to the next gear and attacks. ‘In A Former Life’ takes on this form also, lyrically it returns famous figures such as Aristotle and Marie Curie to mere mortals who go to the cinema and buy a round of drinks.

This lyrical content is what makes FOTL so continually refreshing. ‘Miners Gruel’ sees Falco take the place of parental figures taunt warning their children of the future over an utterly sinister nursery rhyme-esque guitar pattern.

Musically it’s incredibly strong, a cross between 2009’s ‘Travels with Myself and Another’ and 2012’s The Plot Against Common Sense, the bass and guitars sound more vicious than ever, fitting right in with the subject matter of the tracks. FOTL pull no punches in calling any of us out, particularly with songs titles such as ‘White Privilege Blues’ which has the most radical, in the slang term, sound, along with previous track ‘Eating For None’.

Proving that even on album number five, you don’t have to completely change your sound to keep things fresh – you just need to have someone like Falco at the helm who can find a way to convey social issues through even the most nonsensical lyrics. Steven Loftin