Scottish indie rock veterans Franz Ferdinand dropped by Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on June 2nd for an energetic night of old hits and fan favourites. Currently touring but not in promotion of anything in particular at the moment, Franz Ferdinand has not released a record since 2013’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. They took a brief break in 2015 to tour as their collaboration act with 70’s pop duo, Sparks, but haven’t toured under their own name in almost four years. The sold out crowd was ecstatic from start to finish as if there was a fire… and it was out of control.
Back-dropped by a curtain with Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassin Gavrilo Princip, the band kicked of their 80-minute set with the classic “Jacqueline” from their debut self-titled album. A warm up tease for the explosive energy bomb that was “No You Girls” that followed.
Frontman, Alex Kapranos, now rocking a lengthy hairstyle, sounded just as vibrant as he did 13 years ago when Franz Ferdinand first burst onto the scene. He treated us to several of his signature jumps and lunges as a song would stride into it’s peak. Kapranos showed his appreciation for The 6ix after dedicating a song to his two friends who had just moved here from London. “Now I understand why they came here… because it’s fucking cool.”
Franz Ferdinand served us many fan favourite tracks over the course of the night. But the set came to a climax for the final two songs. Franz Ferdinand’s mega hit “Take Me Out” had friends and strangers a like linking arms and jumping (seemingly higher and higher) during the epic intro buildup. Thinking that had to be the last song of the show, the spirit possibly doubled as Franz transitioned into the concluding “Ulysses”. “I’ll find a new way!” everyone chanted along as the main set came to a sweaty closure.
Franz Ferdinand returned for an impressive four-song encore, concluding with a lengthened version of “This Fire,” sucking every last ounce of stamina from the jubilant audience and proving that even into their mid-forties, Franz Ferdinand have no plans of slowing down and absolutely no worry of irrelevancy.