French Kicks, Futureheads Join Forces

It seems like only yesterday Startime had like four bands on its roster. These days the label’s kicking ass: Dios Malos, Tom Vek, Joggers, Duke Spirit, and of course French Kicks.

FK got lost in the shuffle of NYC’s post-punk renaissance a few years back. Which is silly ’cause they were hardly part of that scene. On One Time Bells Nick Stumpf showcased more sophisticated pop smarts than his more hyped and less talented Brooklyn neighbors. The band’s new album Two Thousand is out 7/18 (Startime/Vagrant), and Stereogum’s psyched to premiere the jangly second track. Well, as much as one can premiere things these days … I know some of you have already heard it.

The French Kicks – “Also Ran” (MP3)

Yep, sounds like their old stuff. And I can’t deny the early Walkmen vibe. But there ain’t nothing wrong with that.

They’re touring with labelmates The Futureheads (whose new album’s out next week):
6/15/06 Vancouver Commodore
6/16/06 Seattle Neumo’s
6/18/06 San Francisco Fillmore
6/19/06 Los Angeles Henry Fonda Theatre
6/23/06 Dallas Gypsy Ballroom
6/24/06 Austin La Zona Rosa
6/26/06 Atlanta The Loft
6/27/06 Chapel Hill, NC Cat’s Cradle
6/28/06 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
6/30/06 NYC Webster Hall
7/1/06 Boston Paradise


Do you guys dig what you’re hearing from Futureheads’ News & Tributes? Here’s a non-album b-side found on one of “Skip To The End” 7″s. Collect all three!

The Futureheads – “History Itself” (MP3 Link Expired)

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