Monday, July 22, 2013

Live Review - Franz Ferdinand @ Ed Sullivan Theater

While the world had all of their eyes on the British people gushing and reacting to the news that the latest heir to their throne was born, one British band, a group of Scots to be exact, were gushing and reacting to playing new songs live for the first time across the pond in New York City. Franz Ferdinand, who have a new album arriving next month called, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action debuted the LPs tunes for a private and intimate audience at the legendary Ed Sullivan Theater.

A few hours after they wrapped performing on The Late Show with David Letterman, the band stuck around the iconic theater to give New York fans and fans around the world who watched via a web stream a taste of what is to come. Opening with "Right Action," the bands signature jingle-jangle guitar work has clearly not left what is to come from their new album but only enhanced by furious drumming and thick bass lines. The new songs sound much like the old ones Franz have given the world but with a bit more fire. This band has not managed to change course in their sound, and clearly have a "if it is not broken don't fix it attitude" toward their work, but it works so well for them. In the bands brief but to the point 45 minute set included a slew of new songs like "Stand on the Horizon," "Evil Eye," and "Bullet," were fierce and got the crowd going, it was classics like "Do You Want To," "Ulysses," and "Take Me Out" that really had the room alive. While the band delivered a fun performance and seemed to be enjoying every second of being back in New York and back on stage playing, the fans in the room loved it even more.