Andrew Falkous of Future of the Left and formerly of McLusky, has never been one to beat around the bush. When he calls you out, there’s no fancy word play and little doubt of his intentions. Remember, this is someone who opened the song, “Garreth Brown Says,” on the McLusky album, McLusky Do Dallas with the line, “All your friends are cunts.” Let’s say Falkous doesn’t have a high opinion of Mr Brown and leave it at that.
Similarly, with Future of the Left’s new single, “Sheena Is a T-Shirt Salesman,” it’s no leap of logic to posit Falkous has his sights set on underground bands shilling for corporations. Its title is an obvious nod to the Ramones track, “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker.” And the video, with blue people holding signs like “You’re Name In This Chorus,” and “This Song Will Insure Your Car, Home and Contents,” only serves to reinforce a point already made abundantly clear. Oh, and “Sheena Is a T-Shirt Salesman,” also happens to be one of the most scathing, punk rock jams Future of the Left has released to date.
One can argue whether or not there’s even such a thing as a sell out in today’s music industry. Bands have gotta get paid, right? And people aren’t buying music like they used to. What isn’t up for debate, however, is the merit of the angry Andrew Falkous. When his words bite as sharply as his band’s guitars, there are few (if any) who do aggro, noise rock better than him.
Future of the Left’s next full length, The Plot Against Common Sense, will be released May 28th in the UK on Xtra Mile Records. A US release date has yet to be announced.