Franz Ferdinand - Barrowland, Glasgow, Tue 25 Mar 2014
A triumphant hometown show for Glasgow's indie kingpins
‘Alright Glasgow? It’s good to see you!’ Frontman Alex Kapranos beams at a rapturous reception from a sold-out Barrowlands. Dressed impeccably – in matching black, white and grey suits and looking no older than they did 10 years ago – Franz Ferdinand bring a party atmosphere to the city’s famous concert hall.
The local boys burst on to the hometown stage to emphatic applause before launching into a massive 20 song set, which never lets up for more than a moment. Fans old and new are treated to a blistering performance, featuring cuts from across the band’s impressive back catalogue.
Tracks from last year’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, including new single 'Fresh Strawberries', are well received by the dancing throng, who sing along to every word.
For 'Evil Eye', the second song from the newest release, guitarist Nick McCarthy swaps his Gibson SG for a pile of organs and synthesizers – hammering out a heady slice of electronica more suited to the Arches and Sub Club, only half a mile down Argyle Street from the venue. 'Right Action' has the impassioned crowd punching the air, while 'Bullet' has them repeating the song’s refrain, urging the band to ‘Get out of my head, get out of my head now, baby!’ But the undoubted highlight of the two-hour long performance is a ten minute version of 'Can’t Stop Feeling', from 2009’s Tonight, during which Mick again juggles guitar and keyboards, while Alex gyrates wildly.
The band lurches energetically as the blissed out audience shuffled to Bob Hardy’s bass licks, which at one point morph into the famous line from Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s disco anthem 'I Feel Love'.
Unsurprisingly, the warmest reception is reserved for the oldest material. Favourites 'The Dark Of The Matinee', 'Michael' and 'Do You Want To', spark feverish crowd surfing, while the unmistakable sound of 'Take Me Out' has a smiling Alex lead the crowd through a mass singalong.
'Ulysses' closes the set, with its robust synth booming throughout the room, before the boys come back for a perfect encore, including 'This Fire', from the band’s self-titled first record, which sees them mount podiums at the back of the stage to oversee the carnage as it gets out of control.
A decade on from their breakthrough release, Franz Ferdinand have proved that they can still burn this city.