The Futureheads' worst interview
- By Jack Preston -
- Apr 03, 2012
Following The Futureheads' first interview, Ross Millard tells Virgin Red Room his and the band's worst times, including a terrible Mojo review and a truly awful worst gig ending in a fight between two band members...
The worst job I had was probably stacking shelves in Marks and Spencers in Newcastle, the other members had it a lot worse than me though. For example, Jaff was a labourer on a building site pushing a wheelbarrow around.
The worst film I saw was Blue Crush, total rubbish. It’s this teen film about a female surfer, absolutely nothing too it.
The worst album I bought was a Bon Jovi one, oh it was terrible.
The worst Futureheads gig was in Peterborough at a place called the Met Lounge in about 2002. Barry and Dave in the band are constantly arguing, although this was the only time where it’s spilled over on stage. Dave got off the drums and walked away, the whole thing fell apart after this huge row. Luckily they’ll be no drums to walk away from on the new tour!
The worst Futureheads review was by John Harris in Mojo on our second album, he got it completely wrong. I was really upset about it at the time, not that I felt patronised but it I felt he misunderstood what we were trying to do. When people completely miss the point and really lay into you it’s always going to hurt.
The worst thing about touring for us has to be the boredom, I personally have always loved the live shows but I think people were getting tired of being on the road. We did some long stints in the states which take their toll, I can understand that.
The worst drunken incidents on tour have all been for the other lads, I was teetotal for ten years and can remember plenty of times when they’ve all been blasted on the bus and I’ve been the only one sober – it’s been real trying times. When they get the cards out to play poker I feel like I should get involved and clean up.
The worst part of being a musician is the waiting around, my friends who do normal jobs get the impression I do nothing and can’t see where the work is. Sometimes you’re desperate to do things but when you’re touring you’ve only got those one or two hours to make an impact.
One of the main reasons for us making this record was to break up the routine, we’ve been together for a long time and I think we needed something different. It didn’t start out as a plan to make an album like this, we were only going to do a few tracks but we started to enjoy it all and get confident - it just made sense in the end.
Read The Futureheads' first interview for a whole host of first times to go with these worst times...
The Futurehead's new album, 'Rant', is out now. They will be playing across England throughout April.
Did you enjoy those worst times? How about some more from; The Ting Tings, We Are Augustines, Katie Melua, The Jezabels, Sleigh Bells, Kyla La Grange, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Blood Red Shoes or Charlie Simpson?