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[REVIEW] Foals – Leeds Met Uni 03/05/10 by wearesme

The Foals played ‘The Stage’ at Leeds Met Uni on Monday night, capping off a sick bank holiday weekend.

Touring following the release of their brilliant new album ‘Total Life Forever’, SME couldn’t contain our excitement for hearing their new material live for the first time. And having watched our pals Loose Talk Costs Lives play the very same venue 2 days earlier, we were even more stoked in knowing the acoustics would be spot on.

The sole support act for the night were another bunch of chaps from Oxford, going by the name of Jonquil (seen in their usual gig arrangement, above). And they were just as impressive as their T-Shirt merchandise, notably an arty sketch of a dinosaur on a bed of colourful flowers. Cool.

It’s hard to give these guys a genre (maybe folk?); understandable considering the array of instruments they get through. Trumpet, flute, bass, keyboards, drums, more keyboards, keyboarded mouth organ, guitars, even more keyboards, maracas, glockenspiel, acordian….ok enough already.
Never the less, they were good. Very good. They played a series of atmospheric and melodious tracks which we really enjoyed. And from the smile on their faces, notably the chap frantically shaking the maracas, they loved every minute of it too.

Having known little about them before hand, were definitely going to be giving them a good listen and so should you.

The end of their set meant only one thing; the Foals were soon to appear. We were so excited a little bit of wee may have come out. Just sayin.

And so, they kicked things off opening with the title track ‘Total Life Forever’. This was followed by the classic ‘Balloons’ and ‘Cassius’ which really got the crowd rocking.
They then hit us with a series of shiny new numbers; it was like Christmas come early. ‘Miami’, ‘This Orient’, and ‘Blue Blood’, all of which sounded even better live than on the album, were followed by an inspiring rendition of ‘Spanish Sahara’.
Despite some premature clapping from some schoolboys in the crowd, goosebumps were visible all round as the song built to its climax. This really is a beautiful song which we’ve fallen in love with once more thanks to this performance.

The energy was high and mid way through ‘Red Socks Pugie’ Yannis launched his sweat soaked self into the crowd. Safe to say the mosh pit went nuts.
Then, having wandered off stage while the band prolonged the intro to the next song, Yannis returned with a set of drum sticks and proceeded to beat the life out of a drum throughout an extremely energetic and intense ‘Two Step Twice’ . Literally going out with a bang. It was epic.

But they weren’t done yet. After their pissed up pal (rumoured to be their artwork designer?) took to the stage, only to receive a laddish chorus of ‘who are ya!?’, the band came to his rescue and played an encore consisting of Electric Bloom, Olympic Airways and French Open.

This was the cherry, on top of the icing, on top of the cake, following an unforgetable weekend of live music and alcomohol.

Live at Leeds review to follow…SME x


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