Franz Ferdinand
London Hammersmith Apollo
9th March, 2009

View: standing, rear, right

The quartet led by Alex
Kapranos took to the stage at
9:05 and delivered a 16-song
set before a day-glo backdrop,
films, strobes and lasers. The
30s/40s crowd jigged through
the 75-minute set, singing
along on better-known cuts,
such as stop-start opener
Matinee. Tonight spurred some
pogoing and the jagged beat of
Twilight Omens was lively,
though Kapranos’ vocals were
occasionally ragged. Still, Take
Me Out was a mid-way high
point, the skittish vocals and
juddery beat of Tonight’s The
Night rallied the troops at the
front, and The Fallen was
redolent of M. The closing
electro of Ulysees led to a four-song
encore, including a mass
drum onslaught for The
Outsiders, with Alex on keys
during a solarised film backdrop,
and This Fire completed a less
than blazing display.

Reviewed by Tim Jones
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