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2005 – present (12 years)
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Future of the Left is an alternative rock band formed in 2005 in Cardiff, Wales. The band currently consists of Andrew Falkous, aka Falco (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Jimmy Watkins (guitar), Julia Ruzicka (bass) and Jack Egglestone (drums).
The initial line-up brought together former mclusky members Falkous and Egglestone with former Jarcrew vocalist Kelson Mathias and bassist Hywel Evans. Evans soon left to start his own group, so Mathias switched from guitar to bass and after initial gigs under a variety of tongue-in-cheek pseudonyms the remaining trio debuted as Future Of The Left in September 2006.
Remaining with mclusky's label Too Pure, Future of the Left made their first release with the double A-side Fingers Become Thumbs / The Lord Hates a Coward in January 2007. After two more singles the album Curses was released in September 2007. Falco's abrasive guitar riffs and vocals remained to the fore, but keyboards were now added to the sonic arsenal: chiefly a fuzzed-up Roland synth but also acoustic piano on album closer The Contrarian.
Amidst constant touring, a stopgap live album Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires was released in 2008. March 2009 saw a new single on 4AD, The Hope That House Built, followed by their second studio album Travels With Myself And Another in June 2009.
In May 2010 Mathias announced his departure on the band's Myspace blog. Steven Hodson of Oceansize and Kong filled in on bass for the following tour, which also saw the addition of Jimmy Watkins of Strange News From Another Star on guitar. In October 2010 new bassist Julia Ruzicka was introduced, and more tour dates in Europe and Australia announced.
Their latest releases are a 6-track EP, Polymers Are Forever (November 2011) and single Sheena Is A T-shirt Salesman, with album The Plot Against Common Sense scheduled for May 2012 release, supported by UK and European touring.
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