Reviewed by Meghan Player
It’s been a little while between shows for Australian Franz Ferdinand fans. 2010 was the last time the band had toured our fair shores, fresh on the back of their most recent release, ‘Tonight’.
Having been a part of the cancelled Harvest Festival lineup, local fans lapped up the opportunity to catch the band at their “make-up” shows – with Sydney selling out well in advance. And it’s easy to see why.
As the band take to the stage – enviable shirt selection included – the crowd pushes its way towards the barrier, preparing their shoes for dancing. And dance we do.
‘Bullet‘ – taken from the bands latest album, ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action‘ – begins the nights festivities, offering the perfect warm-up for what is to come.
Frontman Alex Kapranos, guitarist Nick McCarthy, killer drummer: Paul Thomson – and temporary bass player Scott – are tight as hell – relishing the opportunity to get the crowd moving, singing and swaying in unison.
‘No You Girls’, and personal favourite ‘The Dark Of The Matinee‘ keep the crowds energy and enthusiasm at their peak, before the set launches into a generous mix of both old and new.
‘Fresh Strawberries‘, ‘Evil Eye’ and ‘Love Illumination‘ give us a taste of the latest Franz, whilst the crowd almost erupts with sheer delight, when the bars of ‘Do You Want To‘ and ‘Take Me Out‘ spill out over the venue. It’s during these tracks, the audience seem to become one machine – a sea of clapping hands, dancing bodies and glorious harmonies.
As a long time fan of the band, I am surprised that the standout moment of the night doesn’t come from the faster-paced, full 0’funk, classic Franz sounds of my youth – but from the quieter and bass-heavy moments of ‘Goodbye Lovers & Friends’. The multi-layered, yet surprisingly simple ballad is a thing to behold on the album, but in a live setting, it’s borderline heart-wrenching. ‘Goodbye lovers and friends, so sad to leave you...’ Kapranos swoons, as we once again fall into awe of profound lyricism.
Certainly, tonight was worth the wait for fans – with the band leaving no album untouched, no classic song undisturbed, no audience member left feeling unfulfilled. The bands enthusiasm and energy to create an everlasting memory for the audience is unquestionable, and a testament to their near 10 years of absolutely killing it in the live setting.
Without a doubt, tonight can easily be summed up in two words: super fantastisch.