Post-punk rock revivalists Franz Ferdinand hit up Columbus’ own Newport Music Hall over this Memorial weekend with the support of Omni. Frontman Alex Kapranos had the entire venue eating out of his hands from the moment Franz Ferdinand hit the stage, until they closed out their seventeen song setlist. For a band that has been around for the last 15 years, attendees had high expectations. Most (middle-aged) fans knew what they were coming for, but some younger fans had expectations completely blown out of the water.
It’s no secret that Franz Ferdinand have been quiet on the new music front – This could possibly be in relation to the (hopefully) temporary departure of Nick McCarthy, one of the founding members, who is taking the time to focus on family. This being considered, the remaining band members never missed a beat and meshed like the rockers that we know and love.
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From their four full studio albums, Franz Ferdinand opened up with ‘Jacqueline’ and continued along with hits like ‘No You Girls’ and well-known radio hit, ‘Take Me Out’. Keeping in mind the age range of most attendees, it was somewhat of a surprise to all when the crowd surfers arose for ‘Take Me Out’. Kapranos never produced a dull moment himself with constant leg-banging, air-kicking, and jumping. It’s rare that you see someone with so much high energy from start to finish, but it was very evident how much performing means to the band.
Kapranos is a well-versed entertainer and definitely knows how to work a crowd, encouraging applause from the audience until there wasn’t much to give. When Franz Ferdinand left the stage, audience members started swaying their lighters in addition to those still cheering and screaming. Finishing their encore with the appropriate choice of ‘Goodbye Lovers and Friends’ and ultimately, ‘This Fire,’ fans were left at a high.
Franz Ferdinand will be touring the rest of the U.S. consecutively until mid-June, and then will pick back up again in July touring across the rest of the world. If you’ve yet to see them perform, now is the time. In Kapranos’ words, “well do ya, do ya, do ya wanna?”– I would, if I were you.