Franz Ferdinand Live Review
The Scots play their first London gig in years debuting new material at Heaven nightclub and Of Montreal support
Its like meeting up with an ex, says Alex Kapranos during an awkward between-song silence at the start of this show. And it is.
Franz fans remember the massive hooks and tight gigs of the Scots arrival in 2004.
Tonight- the gig and the groups new album- has to live up to the (Mercury winning) high standards of their self-titled debut. Despite the need to promote and practise the Tonight songs the four Glaswegians alternate old and new through the set.
No You Girls is followed by Matinee. And they play favourites 40 Ft, Michael and Do You Wanna? Hearing the new tracks live alongside hits prove they could also dominate the radio with hooks that stick in your ears.
The aforementioned Alex stares, struts, spins, jerks and vibrates his way through the show. He puts many, many rock frontmen to shame. Nick McCarthy ditches guitar for vintage synths on new songs adding a disco element to the set- particularly on single Ulysses, Send Him Away and Bite Hard. The latter starting with only keys and bass before bursting into a glam-house stomp.
Oh and they follow that with a minor hit you might have heard of. Think its called Take Me Out. Catch em headlining festivals this summer.
Support Of Montreal don't come from Canada but are named after a bad experience singer Kevin had in the city. He arrives in a frilly purple blouse and shoulder pads warbling falsettos about faggy girls and virgins.
Musically it gets interesting when they abandon live drums for a drum machine and there are four guitars (plus bass) playing at once. But OMG it gets weird. Is that a pig getting intimate with a priest? Are there three gold alien figures stood on stage? Is the singer covered in shaving foam? Well yes, yes and YES because the band bring their own bizarre (and kinda disturbing) performance art with them.
Kapranos raves about the group during the gig and you can see why. Theyre certainly not your average dull warm up act.