Franz Ferdinand at the Commodore Ballroom, 12/5/17
Oh goodness. Oh gosh. It’s 2005 again. The Office is in its first season, we don’t know how Harry Potter ends, and Franz Ferdinand are rocking the airwaves with their special breed of dance-punk-indie European rock.
Step into the Commodore Tuesday night (Dec. 5) and witness Franz Ferdinand doing more with a few catchy bass-lines than most could do with a full orchestra. Offering a seamless mash-up between their old favourites and new singles from their upcoming album Always Ascending, the band brought their A-game and proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are just as relevant as ever.
Owning the room as only a band that’s been performing and touring and writing together for the last fifteen years could, the band wasted no time demonstrating they haven’t lost any of their distinctive brand of hyper Scottish dance-rock fire. Kicking off the evening with their new single “Lazy Boy,” the band brought the sold out show to its feet before slipping seamlessly into classic hit single “No You Girls.”
Weaving new songs in with old favourites is an art form all its own, and one Franz Ferdinand has down pat. Though the band spent a lot of time pouring out upcoming singles like “Paper Cages,” “Lois Lane,” and “Huck and Jim,” the vibe never dipped. That said, the floorboards really took a pounding as the band doled out classics like “Take Me Out,” “Do You Want To,” and “Walk Away.” And while the band’s smash hit “The Fallen” was noticeably absent, to complain about such an omission would be to spit in the face of a near perfect evening. So we won’t complain. All we’ll do is thank Franz Ferdinand for existing and thank the universe for overlapping our lives with theirs.
Digging the Vancouver vibe, lead singer Alex Kapranos stopped here and there to declare his love for BC to resounding applause. It could be argued that the interaction, (anecdotes, background etc) were at a bit of a minimum, but it could also be argued the entire show was a smorgasbord of entertainment that didn’t waver for an instant.
Though the encore was inevitable, the band owned it.. Oh god did they own it. “Always Ascending,” “Ulysses,” and “The Fire” were almost enough to topple the Commodore from decibels alone, but the building remained standing.
The band’s upcoming album Always Ascending will be released on February 9, 2018. In the meantime, the self-named single is available now on iTunes.