By Natalie Greener
Whoa what a throwback! Franz Ferdinand kicked off their domination of the indie scene back in 2002 with one of their first singles ‘Take Me Out’. The iconic riff and instant urge to sing along, it was to no surprise that the Scottish lads just about sold out Rock City.
The band consists of lead singer and guitarist, Alex Kapranos – who exhibited an extremely astonishing leopard print blazer that was envied by the crowd, Bob Hardy on bass guitar and Paul Thomson working the drums, percussion and backing vocals. New comers Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot joined in 2017 and compliment the original members on stage really rather well.
It isn’t all about ‘Take Me Out’ however. Despite the track being a regular appearance on indie playlists and made the band a household name, Franz Ferdinand have done a lot since the early 2000s. Always Ascending – the band’s fifth studio album and first in five years alongside the departure of original member Nick McCarthy – was released recently in the February of 2018. The drop of this long awaited masterpiece promised an exhilarated tour to follow.
Thank the lord that Rock City was on the list of venues for Franz Ferdinand to tackle. With a mix of festivals and concerts on the to do list for the guys, their up and coming events round up to a grand total of 52 on music tracking websites. They certainly go hard or go home.
Supporting Glasgow’s finest on valentine’s day was American singer/songwriter Albert Hammond Jr. Ring a bell? That’s because this soloist is best known for his role as lead rhythm guitarist in a little band you may know called The Strokes. Surprisingly, the crowd took a while to warm up to Hammond. His strong American accent diluted the on stage banter he wanted with the crowd but nevertheless, Nottingham tried to make him feel at home on Rock City’s stage. The venue filling up, Albert Hammond Jr was an ideal support for Franz Ferdinand. He got us going in a way that meant we were so ready for the set to follow. Living up to the legacy of his previous music career with The Strokes, the singer/songwriter made 2018’s February 14th a gooden.
Now it was time for the big boys. Heading the parade on stage was Alex. The first thing I noticed about the men was how they’ve aged since they formed (I had only just turned 3). The best thing about music is that it never ages. We forget that those behind the audio have a life and age like the rest of us. Don’t misunderstand my point – the guys looked brilliant! But I cannot deny that I was waiting for some 20 or so year old boys to walk on with moppy hairdos and baggy jeans. To a degree, it was sad that the gig wasn’t stuck in the 2000s yet, saying that, Franz Ferdinand strived in a mature way nobody in the audience expected.
The fulfilling moment of the night was when the crowd erupted for the first song on the set list, ‘Paper Cages’. Despite it only being out for five days, you would of thought it had been out for 16 years. Showcasing some never seen before dance moves that made me think of my uncle with a dodgy knee, Alex surprisingly worked the stage in his own and wonderful way – managing to throw some athletic moves in there now and again. Like legends such as Tim Booth (James) and Pauline Black (The Selector), there is no doubt in my mind that, in their forties, Franz Ferdinand have a very long time left in the limelight. Finally, ‘Take Me Out’ was echoing off of Rock Cities walls and the crowd went mental. A range of young teens to the older generations, the night really brought people together in a way only gigs can. I was deluded in thinking everyone was there for ‘Take Me Out’. They weren’t. They were there for the icons and performers named Franz Ferdinand.