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Concert Review: Foals

I was held speechless for several hours following this show. To some degree, I am still having trouble articulating what exactly happened that Friday night at the 9:30 club.

The two opening acts, The Naked and Famous & Freelance Whales, were awesome but, in the end, no match for what the Foals did to the 9:30 stage. Check back for songs from the openers after the jump.

The Foals brought it and it was insane. The energy hit the crowd immediately. Where people could openly hold conversations during the opening sets, not a word could be spoken while the Foals were ripping on stage. It was loud, in your throat, infectious energy.

Foals at 9:30 club

The lead singer, Yannis Philippakis, used the entire stage to stomp around and throw every bit of crazy into each song. Actually, there were several instances where the stage wasn’t enough for Yannis. He took a full speed stage dive and followed that by climbing on top of a giant speaker to get to a tiny balcony where he continued to tear into the guitar. Yannis’ microphone helicoptering was the cherry on top of it all.

Foals at 9:30 club

Total Life Forever, got the crowed amped up early on. It was at this point that I realized I was in for something wild.

The highlight of the show was a suspenseful, show-stopper rendition of Spanish Sahara. After lulling the club into mellow non-awareness, the song slowly built up to a raucous pitch that, by the end, had the crowd whipped into an all out frenzy.
Foals – Total Life Forever
Foals – Spanish Sahara

When it was all said and done, the club was completely out of breath. I’ve been to a lot of shows and the Foals are definitely up there with the best I have seen. It’s no wonder they were recently nominated for best live band.

photo credits: Theresa Highsmith
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