Live Review

Franz Ferdinand, Roundhouse, London

If you’re comfortable enough to end your set with a track from the album you’re touring, you’re definitely doing things right.

It must be a pretty good feeling to sell out two nights running at the Roundhouse. Franz Ferdinand hardly have anything left to prove at this point, but there’s every betting that, for Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, as they emerge from behind the drums during opener ‘Bullet’, guitars aloft, the audience’s rapture feels pretty damn awesome.

Frontman - and all round entertainer - Kapranos skips all formalities, literally jumping as he does in to a spotless setlist, bringing to life all but one song from latest full-length, ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’, and showing off the band’s brand new custom-made matching outfits.

Everyone here is more than familiar with the new material, and the constant dancing and singalongs make this Camden shed feel like an indie disco. The hardcore fans - many of whom were spotted queuing outside hours before doors - confirm the already legendary status of newbies ‘Love Illumination’ and ‘Evil Eye’; McCarthy balances elegantly between guitar and keyboard duties; their dance-floor rock sounds as relevant and fresh as ever.

Tracks from the more electro-friendly ‘Tonight’ are given a revamp to work alongside Franz’ current guitar-focused mood, and they even make room for a clever mash-up between ‘Can’t Stop Feeling’ and ‘Auf Achse’, adding a bouncy twist. ‘Lucid Dreams’ is also rearranged, leading to an explosive ‘The Fallen’.

‘Do you want to hear another one maybe?’, Kapranos asks after an excitable ‘This Fire’. It’s Saturday night, nobody wants to go home, and the crowd’s overwhelmingly positive answer even manages to put a (tiny) smile on bassist Bob’s face.

The five song encore finishes with an extended version of ‘Outsiders’ with the band gathered around Paul’s drum-kit, and brilliant new song ‘Goodbye Lovers & Friends’ sends us home confirming that if you’re comfortable enough to end your set with a track from the album you’re touring, you’re definitely doing things right.

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