Franz Ferdinand Kicked their Way through a Sold Out Brooklyn Steel [REVIEW]

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 at 8:20 am by

When Franz Ferdinand graced Brooklyn Steel for the second of a sold out two-night run – supporting its latest long player Always Ascending – it was an all out four-on-the-floor dance party. Literally kicking its way through a powerful set of new cuts and old favorites.

The year-old rock venue met its capacity Monday night, front loaded with gaggles of fans who were likely toddlers when the Glaswegians first came on the scene almost two decades ago.

That they started with the slow build of lead-off single “Always Ascending” was indicative of how the night would go. Lights and music. There was an extravagant light show, complete with disco balls and strobes, that amped the energy. Frontman Alex Kapranos, who seemed to channel the fashion stylings of Billy Idol, then embarked on an eighteen-song jaunt that included crowd pleasers like “Do You Want To” and “The Dark of the Matinee.” And, of course, arguably their most popular track, “Take Me Out,” during which Kapranos tricked the crowd with false vocal starts.

The four-song encore ended with an extended rendition of “This Fire” with call-and-response during the refrain. Kapranos then instructed the crowd to kneel (in beer and grime) for thirty seconds before the syncopated rhythms of the chorus had everyone jumping for joy.

While we didn’t attend the Sunday night affair, the setlist for night two was certainly stronger. Was great hearing “Michael” and “Darts of Pleasure.”

Full setlist (*Encores):

1. Always Ascending
2. The Dark of the Matinee
3. Do You Want To
4. Paper Cages
5. Glimpse of Love
6. Finally
7. Michael
8. Lazy Boy
9. Stand on the Horizon
10. Walk Away
11. The Academy Award
12. Darts of Pleasure
13. Take Me Out
14. Ulysses
15. Feel the Love Go*
16. The Fallen*
17. Huck and Jim*
18. This Fire*

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