One of my favourite bands. Not just musically adept, but comedy genuises, too. That is when you can decipher their thick Cardiff brogue.
Date: June 8
From the ashes of the now defunct Welsh punk titans mclusky and Jarcrew came Future of the Left – a snarling, feral continuation of both of those bands. Frontman Andy Falkous is not only a multi-instrumentalist and startlingly energetic leader, but he’s a spiky comical cannon of obtuse wisecracks and profane mutterings, including a bonkers story about his Juno 60 synthesizer which out-weirds anything Noel Fielding has ever said.
But these little nuggets of madness dovetail perfectly with their post-hardcore noise rock.
They’ve a new album to plug, and the short, sharp shot of the single Sheena is a T-Shirt Salesman is the highlight from it.
But there are many highlights. Early single Manchasm sees Falkous spitting its perplexing mantra, while Jack Egglestone’s careering heart-attack drums and Julia Ruzicka’s fluid, flexing bass lend it a ferocious energy.
But they save their best for last. Lapsed Catholics has been known to last beyond the 20-minute mark, but tonight it’s curtailed by Bodega’s strict curfew.
Even with a restraining order, it’s a riot of debauchery, showmanship and pure punk-rock entertainment, as Falkous dismantles Egglestone’s drumkit while he’s still playing it. It’s a swirling cacophony of noise and eye-popping hilarity, and it’s their crowning moment.