Formed in Glasgow in 2002, Franz Ferdinand made their debut to the UK Charts with their critically acclaimed hit “Take Me Out” and have toured the world several times over with their fearless rock sound that is irresistible to dance to. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Alex Kapranos, has been at the helm since the formation and recently mashed Franz Ferdinand with the duo of Sparks to create a one-off record under the moniker FFS (Franz Ferdinand + Sparks). With a new album on the horizon, Franz Ferdinand has taken their music to the road again and hitting several North American stops along the way. The Regent Theater in Los Angeles was the epicenter for the monstrous sound of Franz Ferdinand and gave the fans a show to remember. With opener Omni shedding light on the crowd with their fuzzy indie sound, the night was set to become one of those epic shows that has the crowd shouting ‘You should have been there.’
The lights dimmed and a backing tracked played as the band made their way to the stage. The crowd, anxiously awaiting the first note, received a heavy dose of the Franz Ferdinand sound with the track “Jacqueline.” The song quickly ramped up as the fans blew out their vocal chords cheering for the band from the start of the show. Kapranos embraced the hollers as they moved through the set list hitting all the right notes that had the fans singing along. The expansive set list covered everything from their first self-titled release to their last album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action and a few new tracks including “Always Ascending” and “Huck & Jim” form their forthcoming release.
Dressed in a leopard-colored jacket, Kapranos paused after “Walk Away” to pay tribute to the City of Angels and thanked the sold out crowd for coming out. They destroyed the room with their seminal hit “Take Me Out” as the crowd lost their cool. The tightly packed room raised the bar for the loudest audience at The Regent Theater, according to some. The guys extended the song “Ulysses” to introduced the band to the hungry fans. After longtime founding guitarist Alex McCarthy’s departure last year, the band has added two new multi-talented musicians to this tour which included Dino Bardot (guitar), Julian Corrie (keys/synth), Bob Hardy (bass) and Paul Thomson on drums.
With a quick break, the band came back to the stage for an encore that included “Goodbye Lovers and Friends” and “Darts of Pleasure.” They finished strong with the track “This Fire” as they left the L.A. wants wanting more. Hopefully Franz Ferdinand make their way back to the west coast for another thrilling adventure with their collection of unadulterated rock music. Franz Ferdinand is currently on tour and will be hitting several U.S. cities with a European tour later this summer.
No You Girls
The Dark of the Matinee
Do you Want To
Stand on the Horizon
Huck & Jim
Take Me Out
Goodbye Lovers & Friends
Darts Of Pleasure