Live Review: Franz Ferdinand
"We're not the Cribs," quips Dougy, frontman of the Temper Trap. Disappointed? How could we be? The Temper Trap are far more revelatory than the aforementioned UK act. With captivating jams, angelic vocals, richly textured guitar melodies and a beautifully realised, diverse musical vision, we could've gone home extremely happy after the Temper Trap's support set.
Needless to say, Franz Ferdinand subscribe to a very different kind of ethos, and this created a somewhat interesting contrast - complimentary to both groups. In a nutshell, the Scottish quartet is not one to be taken too seriously. After all, which other band could get away with singing a ridiculously playful song like 'Do You Want To' with such aplomb?
Having Alex Kapranos as a frontman certainly helps. Oh yes, his spunky geek complex had both the ladies and lads smitten and in giggles, evidenced in the cheering that Kapranos received from merely taking off his leather jacket and revealing an orange buttoned-up shirt.
As someone once said to me, it's difficult to take a band seriously when they're named after the Archduke of Austria whose assassination in 1914 led to the beginning of World War 1. However, Franz Ferdinand are one of the finest producers of 'unserious music', music which seems strangely relevant. Oh, and they happen to have delivered some of the most memorable post-punk/indie rock guitar anthems of recent years as well.
The four-piece performed several new songs from their soon-to-be released third album, 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand'. Opener, 'Bite Hard', was a rock-solid track, 'Turn It On' revealed heavier electronic influences and new single, 'Ulysses', was brilliant live.
Popular songs such as 'Michael, The Dark Of The Matine, The Fallen' and 'Walk Away' were all performed with charmed passion while 'Take Me Out' had the entire ground throbbing with bouncing bodies.
One of their best songs, '40', received an extended performance, becoming the highlight of the night. The encore also included a longer version of 'Outsiders' and a blistering performance of 'This Fire', which inspired Kapranos to thrust himself onto the crowd in a magnificent crowd-surfing moment.
Whilst devoid of the transcendental and almost spiritual quality of the Temper Trap, the Glaswegian quartet still gets by on being one of the most energetic and entertaining live bands around.