Indy: It seems like everyone is saying The Futureheads' new album, News and Tributes, is more mature than your 2004 self-titled debut. Do you view this as a compliment, or as a backhanded criticism by lonely music critics jealous of your talent?
RM: Mature also, sometimes, has a boring connotation of, like, "a nice mature sound" like you're kind of going for the middle-of-the-road crowd now. And that's a million miles away from how we see it, and, in fact, how we would hope people saw it as well.
Indy: Mature or not, the album does possess a common denominator of optimism throughout. What gives you the right to be so cheerful?
RM: Actually, I think it's a foray into the unknown. Like a lot of bands, we're still trying to get a handle on what it is we're doing and what we're trying to achieve. Those goalposts are constantly changing.
Indy: What shouldn't fans expect from your upcoming live show?
RM: We're not ones to take our tops off, and we do sweat. And there will be no Townsend guitar wind-milling. We prefer to lift our instruments in the air, Hendrix-style.
Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Denver's Bluebird Theater.
This show at Stargazers with the Charlie Milo Trio will be broadcast live on local…
This is awesome! Excited about the new music and adventures for his year!
Thanks so much!!!