Photos & Review: Future of the Left @ Neumos

When I listen to Future of the Left it makes me feel like they’ve always existed, I just had to find them. They’re a newer Welsh band, formed out of Mclusky and Jarcrew, but they’re so wonderfully comfortable and yet disturbing to me I always wanted them to be there if they weren’t around before. This probably makes no sense but this is one stirring band. I got to seem them on Tuesday evening when they opened for . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. They’ve released two albums in the last couple years, Curses! and Travels With Myself and Another as well as a live album, Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires and I recommend getting them all as fast as you can. Their music is spooky and tough. The band, comprised of Andy Falkous, Kelson Mathias and Jack Egglestone, put on an equally tough and visceral performance live. I loved every single sound they make – they sing, scream, shout, roar and Falkous played the guitar with a drumstick. Experience this band if you can. The entire set was devastating and here are the songs I can remember for sure: Arming Eritrea, Chin Music, Wrigley Scott, Small Bones Small Bodies, Fingers Become Thumbs!, Manchasm, You Need Satan More than He Needs You, Land of My Formers, My Gymnastic Past and adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood. Their songs are so hard-driving and manic – everything pounds along so swimmingly. A favorite moment of mine was all of adeadenemysmellsgood, especially the dark thrash of Celebrate your long lost brother’s return/He was a preacher man/ He was a preacher man/ He was a wide, wild, ideal. Then they went even crazier. I can’t wait for them to come back here and do a headlining show.










all photos by Dagmar