While another show in New York CIty for Glasgow indie heroes Franz Ferdinand may just seem like another stop on the tour to the naked eye, they'll be quick to assure you that playing on the same stage as The Beatles once did is no small feat…especially for a band that grew up 'across the pond'.
When Alex Kapranos, Bob Hardy, Nick McCarthy and Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand were watching the Northumberland Plate in 2001, they couldn't have possibly imagined that the winning horse, named after The Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, would eventually bring them to The Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City just over a decade later for whats become the hottest ticket in town. But as fate would have it, dreams became reality for the Scotland four-piece and the band stormed into New York City on monday night ready to give fans everything and then some at their exclusive Live on Letterman performance.
The band hit the stage at the legendary Ed Sullivan Theatre promptly at 8pm, coming in from the back of the audience, as is tradition. After a quick hello, Franz went right into the first track off their new album, "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action". The band didn't waste any time going right into the second new track of the evening - this time giving fans a taste of the second track off their debut album, "Tell Her Tonight".
After only two songs in, Franz had the crowd completely in their hands, and by opening with Right Action and going into Tell her Tonight, the band had somewhat covered their 11 years in about 10 minutes. By doing so, they simultaneously reminded fans of just how much their already great musicianship, songwriting and feel that has been there since their humble beginnings has simply just gotten better with age…like a fine wine, some might say.
The band didn't waste any time either after their electrifying opening - quickly going right into yet another new song entitled "Stand on the Horizon". The NY faithful left any hints shyness on the humid streets of Broadway, getting louder and louder as the band flew through selections from their 40+ song catalog. By the time the band hit into "No You Girls", The Ed Sullivan Theatre was literally shaking, and fans were providing backing vocals that only an amped New York City crowd can bring.
The crowd seemed to really be feeling the bands new music all night as well; freely dancing along to every new song that they hadn't yet gotten a chance to memorize. Fans were especially receptive of the bands stellar rendition of "Evil Eye"; perhaps the most contemplative track of the night. The band busted through more new tracks with a precision and feel as if they'd been playing them for years before seemingly closing out the show out with their mega-hit, "Take Me Out". However, fans were to be pleasantly surprised one more time on this night as the band had just one more trick up their red Scottish sleeves…
With fans thinking that the show was about to be over, the band busted into one more new song called "Love Illumination" - the same song that had everyone in attendance at this years Coachella Festival talking for weeks - and tonight may be no different.
Glasgow-based indie rock band Franz Ferdinand's LIVE ON LETTERMAN performance precedes the release of their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. Made up of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals, guitar), Robert Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (guitar) and Paul Thomson (drums), Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action marks the band's first album since the release of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand in 2009. The quartet's breakout hit, "Take Me Out," brought them across the pond and earned the band two GRAMMY Award nominations, a NME Award and a MTV Video Award for Breakthrough Video. The band has also received a Mercury Prize, BRIT Awards for Best Group and Best British Rock Act, and more. Franz Ferdinand will be touring throughout the Europe this summer and will kick off their U.S. tour in October. For dates and more information, visit: http://www.franzferdinand.com/.