When the opportunity came along to have a chat with Andy ‘Falco’ Falkous, the somewhat unpredictable frontman from the Cardiff-based noise machine that is Future of the Left I was more than a little excited.
Previously of the much lauded band Mclusky, he is notoriously outspoken and known for his wit.
For those aware of Future of the Left, you’ll know that they are a band that tend to stray far from the path, delivering songs constructed out of brutal truth, the essence of punk with a slight touch of the bizarre. With the anarchic and occasionally disturbing sounds of their most recent album ringing in my ears, I was delighted to find that in person Falkous was every bit as enigmatic and honest as I had hoped, with the added bonus of being thoroughly lovely.
The band are embarking on a UK tour this month, and have released a video called French Lessons, from their album How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident. The track is a love song, although not as we know it.
“French Lessons is one of our more direct songs,” Falkous explains. “The song is about how love is what you make it. I got married last year to Julia, who is also the lovely bass player in our band. It’s about stereotypes and generalities in relationships and how you don’t have to surrender your personality. It’s about being yourself. It can be almost depressing to accept those stereotypical roles that are thrust upon us, we’re not necessarily put out to seed at 32.”
Having sold out the The Belgrave the last time they were in Leeds, Falkous speaks fondly of their fans. “We’re very lucky that we’re pretty much preaching to the converted. Our followers are switched on and would agree with us on most issues. We’re not big enough to draw thousands of people yet, which is both a good and a bad thing, larger audiences tend to draw larger numbers of idiots at shows, and those kind of shows can be really nasty. I’ve seen it happen. I’ve read articles about sexism and misogyny in music and I can honestly say that having stood next to a beautiful woman on stage for the last few years, my wife, not any of the other band members – as much as I appreciate them physically – I’ve never once heard any derogatory remarks during a our set.”
Falkous sums up the experience of a Future of the Left show: “There will be people there that like the softer side of what we do, as much as there will be people who enjoy the adrenaline of it all. I really appreciate that fact.”
October 2, Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds, 8pm, £11. http://www.belgravemusichall.com/events/future-of-the-left/