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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