Thursday, April 07, 2016

Survival instinct

If, like me, you were wondering whatever had happened to The Futureheads since 2011's a cappella album Rant, then Tuesday's Guardian interview with frontman Barry Hyde will have revealed the sad, awful truth: Hyde suffered a severe mental breakdown lasting from 2010 until 2013. In conversation with Harriet Gibsone, he talks candidly about those troubled years, the age-old connections between creativity and mental instability, and his debut solo album Malody, the writing and recording of which has proven a cathartic experience. Hats off to him for somehow surviving and making it through to a better place.

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