Franz Ferdinand Tear Through Catalog of Hits in Philadelphia
I can think back to the first time I heard “Take Me Out,” Franz Ferdinand’s breakout hit in 2004. I was obsessed, replaying the song while secretly dancing in my room. It was no secret, however, that I was eager to see them at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA on Saturday night.
Franz Ferdinand is currently on tour in support of their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. As the guys took the stage and dove into their hit “The Dark of the Matinee,” the venue stood up in unison and erupted into cheers that continued throughout the night.
At times it felt more like a dance party, with the band’s high-energy music and exuberance transcending into the crowd. What was more rewarding was seeing the guys themselves full of happiness, excited to be performing for the packed house.
Lead singer, Alex Kapranos repeatedly told the crowd “it’s been too long” since they were in Philly and they were happy to be back. At one point in the night, guitarist Nick McCarthy jumped into the crowd – notably while still playing his guitar. More impressive was the numerous “air kicks” Kapranos did throughout the night.
The guys tore through hits like “No You Girls,” “Ulysses,” “Do You Want To?” including their latest single “Evil Eye.” Not surprising, the biggest hit of the night was “Take Me Out” which had everyone going crazy (in the best possible way). You would think fans would forget some of the lyrics since it’s been a few years since Franz Ferdinand has been on the radar, but I could hear the crowd singing along word for word throughout their entire set.
As I was leaving the venue I remember hearing one fan say, “Franz Ferdinand is back.” Indeed they are, and better than ever.
Article by Erika Reinsel