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Future of the Left, Rollo Tomasi Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., July 21, 9 p.m. 2009

I’m such a fan of the underappreciated Welsh band Mclusky, which disbanded in 2005, that I nearly did a cartwheel when I stumbled upon Future of the Left’s debut, Curses, back in 2007. Two-thirds of Mclusky—front man Andy Falkous and drummer Jack Egglestone—started the band with Kelson Mathias of the defunct Jarcrew on bass, and their songs have the same biting lyrics and enthusiastic mean-spiritedness that made Mclusky so lovable. On Curses the biggest difference between the two groups was that Falkous had started playing synth now and then instead of guitar, but on the new Travels With Myself and Another (4AD) the trio leavens its familiar gritty crunch and ominous, deadpan backup vocals with an extra dose of melody, both in the riffs and in Falkous’s singing. Even though Future of the Left is apparently blazing its own trail musically, rest assured that the old piss and vinegar is still there: you don’t have to look any further than song titles like “You Need Satan More Than He Needs You” and “Lapsed Catholics” to see that. Rollo Tomasi opens. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $12

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