Review: Franz Ferdinand at Southampton Guildhall

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
Pan Parade Steel Band entertaining shoppers in Commercial Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Keith Woodland PPP-171119-160221006

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Well, never ones to disappoint I can safely vouch that from start to finish, Franz Ferdinand still have that ability to pack a room and entertain live. Certainly no lip syncing here.

They last played here almost five years ago to the day and they still have that aptitude for catchy rifts and witty lyrics.

With meticulous detail Alex Kapranos and co launch into a selection of critically acclaimed hits from all four albums. As a crowd we move to the likes of Matinee, Evil Eye, Fallen and Ulysses.

The latest album instalment; Right Thoughts, Right Words and Right Action packs a mean punch. (Good job as the album is only 35 minutes long!)

It’s already been in existence since August 2013 but gradually it has been creeping into the common airwaves with rave reviews.

Both old and new material is received well and Take Me Out inevitability gets the loudest cheer.

As we linger for the encore (with disregard to those who felt that was it!) We welcome the likes of This Fire, Evil and A Heathen and Goodbye Lovers and Friends. And contrary to the song itself it was so sad to leave you but we did so on a high.