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Gifted, good looking and extremely entertaining
I absolutely hate that i have to do this, but i have to start this review with commenting on something Foals really can’t do anything about. It’s starting to irritate me a lot, that some people really don’t know how to act at a concert, and enjoy this art without ruining it for everyone else. Those sporadical, awkward and often mistimed applause, can in no time distract you from the beautiful music. Several times during their concert this happened, from the same small group in the audience, and it really ruined great parts of great songs. When in doubt, don’t f***ing clap!
Now, back to what it’s really about, the Foals concert at Train last night. After a descent warm up from the very good looking Say Lou Lou, Foals entered the stage around 21.15. Five good looking english blokes entering, one by one, with Prelude as opening track. In no time they started to amaze! With their characteristic light riffs, amazing beats from drummer Jack Bevan and the always incredible Yannis Philippakis at the mic. As it is with most concerts, it took some time to get the crowd going, and the band actually felt a bit uncommitted. This changed though!
After several good songs, and the changing between light riffs and darker, heavier passages, really started taking shape. The three most jolly songs were played, with “My Number” as the biggest crowd pleaser, and that really started the interaction between band and audience. Yannis actually left the stage two times during the concert, one time standing on top of the bar, and drinking whatever he saw standing there. With the audience going crazy, you could see that the band enjoyed standing on stage in Aarhus.
The set list was well thought out, a mix between their three different albums, the changes between to-three uptempo numbers like My Number, and slower songs like Late Night worked out brilliantly. Yannis even bursted out at one time, that they weren’t in Aarhus to give the audience a mediocre night, they had not traveled so far for nothing. Well put, and an occasion to go crazy!
It all ended with the lead single from Holy Fire, Inhaler. A brilliant song, and it seemed like the audience had been looking forward for it, and those who didn’t knew it jumped along anyway. An incredible atmosphere! A group of british guys in front of me even took of their shirts and jumped around, and it actually seemed appropriate.
Despite a few technical problems, Foals delivered an absolutely approved performance. Train and Foals connected, and it turned in to a really good experience. Their music got some extra aspects live, and it was inspiring to see some musically gifted performers. A concert worthy of a 4.5/5 rating!