07 June 2004

Live Review: Franz Ferdinand




Franz Ferdinand at the Regency Center on Friday, June 4: Aidin Vaziri | Their determination paid off. On Friday night, just two years after getting their start with these makeshift shows, Franz Ferdinand arrived in San Francisco to face a hysterical sold-out crowd at the Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center. "It's been a long journey here," singer Alex Kapranos said, surveying the masses. Time is relative when you were born for idolization. The posh setting provided the perfect backdrop for the glamorous but grimy songs on the band's self-titled debut, an album that has already made its members conquering heroes in the United Kingdom and delivered a hit single in "Take Me Out." The disc was released in America only a few weeks ago, but it already felt as if the band, whose music flirts with memories of the Talking Heads and Duran Duran, was charging through a greatest-hits set filled with angular, danceable and reassuringly familiar tracks like "Cheating on You" and "The Dark of the Matinee." ...