Third time Ive seen the Friendly Fires in 12 months – support to the Kaisers, NME tour and tonight. Originally booked for Leeds Met, The FF were moved to the Academy after the success of that NME tour and their debut album.
Support came from Hockey whos drummer had the coolest haircut and moustache. If I had hair….thats how Id have it. The lead singer looked like one of the kids from Fame! They didnt really do it for me.
The FF played almost an hour of pumping dance tunes and boy were the crowd up for it “Were here to party” oh yes! The drumming and electronic beats energise the songs live in a way they dont on record. Not sure what the brass section added to the sound but I’m all for experimentation – Its not often you see an electric guitar played with a vacuum cleaner (Im more of a dust-pan-and-brush-on-a-banjo-man myself) and the drummer had a fab elongated symbol (looked like an orange thats been peeled in one piece). “Get on Board” they suggested ….we already are. Left me wanting more.
Thanks to Tony for the pics
Bob the Chiropodist