Last Friday brought UK dance rock outfit Foals to the Pageant for a night of intense dancing and fun. Foals have grown real big real fast, having just played at the smaller Firebird less than a year ago but have now moved on to the much bigger Pageant. I have heard great things about Foals‘ live shows from my friends, so I was very much looking forward to dancing the stress from my week and start the weekend off right.
And what a dancerrific time it was! Foals, in fact, are very much a superior band when experienced live. Their songs on record are great, but when played live, Yannis Philippakis and company are able to infuse a bigger life to their songs, extending and improvising on them such that they become an altogether different thing when all is said and done. These extended dance jams made the crowd go crazy in their dancing and about half-way through, I couldn’t resist anymore and jumped into the crazy mosh-pitting near the stage!
There were two openers for the show. The main openers were West Palm Beach power-pop rockers Surfer Blood who were touring in support of their fun new record Pythons. It’s been a while since I last saw Surfer Blood and I forgot how fun they and their songs are live. At one point, leadman John Paul Pitts painted whiskers on his face, donned a beret and brought out an electric cigarette before jumping into the audience and hammed it out with the crowd in the back. It was quite a spectacle.
The early opener were brother-sister band Blondfire. I was unfamiliar with them before the show, but they provided an fun pop sound to the early arrivers, even providing a wonderful cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s Dreams.
Check out photos from the show that I took as well as live recordings of Surfer Blood playing their new song Weird Shapes and Foals playing my favorite dance jam from their very good record Holy Fire, My Number.