How do you make a 3,500 strong crowd feel intimate? Foals frontman Yannis Philipakis answers this as he sets off on a lap of Manchester Victoria Warehouse, prompting two bouncers armed with very important looking flashlights to try and keep up. With ring leading spirit, he cajoles the audience into a frenzy of limbs and hysteria before rejoining the band onstage, putting the pinnacle of the show into effect. The debut album favourite ‘Two Steps, Twice’ ends proceedings on a high that never really comes down throughout. Some lesser known songs off of the new album are the only real chances for toilet breaks/bar rushes; however, they are already nicely embedded into the set list alongside personal highlights such as ‘Snake Oil’ & ‘Inhaler’.
The opener, ‘On The Luna’ has already established itself as a setlist staple. ‘Syrups’ has an infectious groove provided by stand-in bassist, Justin Pritchard (Everything Everything) which seamlessly shifts its tempo to a fast-paced anthem somewhere around its middle. Such a crescendo is typical of Foals and their ability to carry a song (and audience) from the somber to the climatic. ‘Spanish Sahara’ &
‘Providence’ further showcase this build-up and release formula, that when performed live, shows precisely why they are coming back on Wednesday night to do it all over again.
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PHOTO: Piran Aston
On the Luna
Mountain at My Gates
Red Socks Pugie
What Went Down
Two Steps, Twice