When I checked the O2 Academy web site before setting off to the show, in an attempt to find stage times, I noticed that the ‘buy tickets’ button was, surprisingly, still active. When I entered the venue it was packed full!
As a general rule once a band get to their third album, tour set lists tend to favour the early and better known songs. Nothing general about Franz Ferdinand though. The songs played tonight are spread fairly evenly across their three albums with their latest, Tonight, getting its fair share. The highlights, as you might expect, are the singles; Take Me Out, The Dark Of The Matinee, Michael, Do You Want To, Walk Away, Ulysses and No You Girls, but all the material is very strong.
At their best, and tonight they’re very good, Franz Ferdinand manage to mix intelligent rock with pop and then add a funky (for white boys) edge. They remind me in some ways of Talking Heads, particularly around the time of Fear Of Music, and that’s always a good comparison.
The thing that annoys me tonight is the audience, or at least a part of it. I’ll be writing a separate post soon about the O2 Academy and what I think of a number of the people who attend shows there.