Franz Ferdinand Review

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Franz Ferdinand, Birmingham Academy

Ten years on from their eponymous debut, Scottish art-rockers Franz Ferdinand have returned to the sound that catapulted them abruptly into the mainstream of new British guitar bands. New album ‘Right Thought, Right Words, Right Action’, won’t gain the commercial recognition of their debut. Not because it’s no good, but the musical climate has shifted away from guitar music.

However the new album has re-energised Franz Ferdinand and allowed the band chance to find their identity again, as tensions had surfaced when their ‘golden years’ had begun to dissipate.
Evidence of this renewed zest could be witnessed in tonight’s show at the close to sold out Birmingham Academy.

One constant that permeates their live shows is the symmetry the band have on stage, throwing shapes in unison, wielding their guitars as weapons, and sounding extremely tight as a unit.
Beginning with ‘Bullet’, Franz rattle off the hits with nonchalant ease, including the deliciously playful ‘Tell Her Tonight’, the slightly macabre ‘Evil Eye’, and an exultant airing of ‘Do You Want To’.

It’s when their biggest hit – the ubiquitous ‘Take Me Out’ – is unleashed that true pandemonium ensues, sparking carnage on the dancefloor. What’s more impressive is how this is then maintained for the remainder of the set, which finishes with a four-track encore, the highlight being the lead single off the new record, ‘Right Action’, a song that has breathed new life into Franz Ferdinand, and we are richer for it.