Saturday, June 15, 2013

Foals @ The Depot (6/3/2013)



Openers
  • Judy and I missed all of Blondefire but caught most of Surfer Blood's set.  I can't say that I enjoyed it very much, but I didn't want to kill myself either.  I did recognize "Swim" (or whatever it's called) when they played it.
Setlist
  • They mixed in a good deal of stuff from all three of their albums, though back-loaded, as expected.  Surprisingly, they played a couple of the mellower cuts from "Holy Fire".  But I still haven't seen them play any of the last 3 - my favorites - from "Total Life Forever".
High/low-lights
  • "Olympic Airways" was pretty great, as expected.  I was pleasantly surprised that they played "Milk and Black Spiders", and that they didn't ruin it for me...well, I could have done without the extended ending, but the rest of it was spot-on, with a couple of nice twists thrown in there. 
  • Oh, and Yannis crowd-surfed while playing guitar a couple of times (which I found a bit dangerous, as the crowd was not all that packed). 
  • I should also give props to the venue.  It has an elevated stage in front of an open center area with tables and seats around the perimeter, and more seating at the edges past the structural columns.  The slightly elevated bar area is in the back, where people enter, and there is also a balcony level.  It's kind of like Plush in St. Louis, but nicer.  All in all, it's a pretty nice setup for small-ish shows.
Rating: 4.4/5

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