Future of the Left
The Peace and Truce of


4.5
superb

Review

by Mrlexiphanic USER (2 Reviews)
May 18th, 2016 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The noise rock comedians are back, and perfect what they do so well

If the world were to end tomorrow, the survivors would have many great pieces of music to use as their anthem into the new and uncertain future. Many of these songs or albums would be either cynical or hopeful in an effort to move people, but The Peace and Truce of Future of the Left would be an album used to laugh at everyone else who was surprised by the end of the world. With their sixth studio album (and second successfully crowd funded), Future of the Left come through with another noisy, eccentric, and satirical album full of them doing what they do best.

The opening track “If AT&T Drank Tea What Would BP Do?” showcases everything Future of the Left does so well. A hazy distorted guitar riff plays for a moment before the driving bass and drums come in to lead the song. Andy Falkous comes in screaming lines that don’t really seem to have anything to do with the title of the song, but somehow seem to get the point across by the end of it. This is all very run of the mill for a typical Future of the Left song, and if there’s any issue with the album, this is it. Future of the Left are doing what they do best and not deviating much, but that doesn’t mean they feel tired. Each song feels refreshing in its own way, and the songwriting remains inspired. All this is not to say Future of the Left just sit in their comfort zone and churn out a by the books noise rock album. They remain true to who they’ve always been and deliver song after song of satirical critiques on modern life and government. As the title of the albums leads you to believe, a lot of the lyrics and themes center around finding a peace in facet life. Whether that be individuals finding peace in their own situations, or governments comings to a truce with corporations or feuding countries, but never a happy peace and truce, always a very muddied and lucrative peace and truce

The biggest new addition to this album is the very animated feeling drums on a large majority of tracks here. Tracks such as “No Son Will Ease their Solitude”, “Grass Parade”, and “The Limits of Battleships” feature drummer Jack Egglestone leading the song and making the album feel more alive. On previous albums, drums were usually used to drive the songs forward without adding much, but here we see them changing tempo, leading transitions, accenting key moments, and overall feeling more ambitious and up front on each track. The second new thing The Peace and Truce of Future of the Left brings to the table over previous efforts is the no-wave inspired and heavier, guitar riffs thanks again to Andy Falkous. Guitar leading tracks such as “Reference Point Zero”, “White Privilege Blues”, and “50 Days Before the Hun” all feel very no-wave inspired due to the extra hazy and hard to pin point riffs, very much in the style of early New York no-wave. Even on more straight forward riffs like “Proper Music” or “Eating for None” the guitar still feels heavy, but also very unsettling. On the bass side of the album Julia Ruzicka brings her signature leading riffs, but does little in the way of experimenting on what she already has done on previous efforts. That’s not to say that these aren’t some of the heaviest tracks Future of the Left has made on the bass side, specifically the opening moments of “Running All Over the Wicket”.

The only issue with the album comes up again with it feeling very much like a Future of the Left album. Tracks like “Back When I was Brilliant” and “Eating for None” are too lyrically abstract to have lasting impact, and specifically the track “Back When I was Brilliant” featuring the weird, screamed vocals over a harmless, slow sounding beat that don’t mesh too well together. None of this is to say that the lyrics don’t still have a lasting, strong impact on many of these tracks, whether it be the track “White Privilege Blues” dealing with the lack of hardships of being white, or “No Son Will Ease their Solitude” about growing up and leaving your family behind. Each song is able to tackle new things that haven’t yet been touched by Future of the Left but keeping in the traditional dark comedic, and satirical style the band has developed. Even the above mentioned low points don’t take anything away from the album and serve as just good songs in a track listing full of great songs.

Overall on The Peace and Truce of Future of the Left, Future of the Left come through with their heaviest and most distorted offering yet, through 13 tracks of bleak atmosphere and dark comedy. The album serves to show that Future of the Left still have great songwriting left in them and know how to take what they know how to do and fully perfect it. Songs like “Back When I was Brilliant” and “Eating for None” serving as the only low points are still good songs. Where on the flip side high points such as “The Limit of Battleships” and “Miner’s Gruel” are some of the best tracks the group has ever released; with each featuring some of the best stories and drumming Future of the Left has ever put together.


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Mrlexiphanic
May 18th 2016


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This my second review tell me what you thought of it! Stellar album

deathschool
May 18th 2016


27742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Slightly disappointed by this based on the promise that they showed on Human Death. Still a good album overall though.

MyNameIsPencil
May 18th 2016


6436 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I personally think this is one of my favourite things they've done in a while

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fromrows
May 18th 2016


415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great review and album:-)!

Sinternet
May 18th 2016


25173 Comments


Really enjoyed this but every Future of the Left album just makes me want a full McLusky reunion even more

ashcrash9
May 18th 2016


3192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Couldn't get into this one as much as How To Stop Your Brain but it's still solid. Nice review.

doomjitsu
May 18th 2016


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

GAMMON ON THE BED WAS FINE DANNY



GAMMON ON THE BED WAS FINE

MonotoneMop
May 18th 2016


573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Great review. I really didn't like this record very much, personally. The lyricism almost seemed overly obfuscated and generally lacked the sense of narrative that made How To Stop Your Brain... so great. I also found it really homogeneous. I know that they said it would be during the release process, but I still felt kind of disappointed.

Snake.
August 23rd 2016


24320 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so is this band just naturally annoying or am i just listening to the wrong album

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MonotoneMop
August 23rd 2016


573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This is kind of a weird place to start. I'd start with Travels, but they're generally annoying in a funny way and that's part of the charm.

fatneckbeard
September 2nd 2016


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty great.

fatneckbeard
September 2nd 2016


82 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

White Privilege Blues rules hard

conditionals
September 23rd 2016


555 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty great album, but with every passing album I begin to wish that Falco would pull his lyrics down to earth a bit. During mclusky and the beginning of future of the left, the lyrics were smart, scathing and witty... now they're just becoming... snark for snarks sake.

Flugmorph
September 23rd 2016


27389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great album

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MonotoneMop
November 1st 2016


573 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@conditions, that's exactly how I feel about this one. In A Former Life just annoys me because of that. Lapsed Catholics, Sorry Dad, I Was Late For The Riots, and Anchor are some of the most transparent FotL songs I can think of, and the lyrics are definitely some of my favorites, now that I think about it.

Demon of the Fall
April 26th 2017


25392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree with some of the comments regarding the lyrics, Falco sounds like he's trying too hard. Also, musically this plods a bit too much for my liking, not enough energy or invention. There's nothing bad here it just lacks spark, the most notable thing is that it sounds very bass-y & I'm not even convinced that's a good thing either. I much prefer the first 3 albums so far, disappointed.

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Demon of the Fall
April 30th 2017


25392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, this is probably one of the biggest music related disappointments I can remember. Close to 2.5-ing this, which for a FOTL album seems insane. Completely forgettable song-writing, no energy, uninteresting guitar "hooks"... are there any hooks? Overly bitter lyricism without the fun element of previous works & unnecessarily obscure wordplay which I'll admit I'm struggling with. Stripped down to the extreme, no invention, no "noise" & honestly it's sort of derivative of post-punk in general. Lost their individualism on this record. Ok, rant over.



This is making me want to do my first review, think it needs a negative one from a long time fan. I've seen these guys play live 4 times, they're one of my favourite bands. Shame.

deathschool
April 30th 2017


27742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I feel your pain man. This isn't up to the quality I expect from these guys

hadeserbonfa
December 4th 2017


320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

disappointing for sure

Demon of the Fall
December 4th 2017


25392 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That's one hell of a rant I went on, think I've calmed down a little now. Record still sucks mind.



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