Foals // Live - The Electric Factory, Philadelphia.

Saturday 4th May 2013
Foals // Live
The Electric Factory

The adptly named Electric Factory, with it's UV lights and day-glo decor was a fitting venue for a truly electric performance from a band who were clearly psyched to be back in the city. Having given away a couple of tickets to the show via a twitter coordinates treasure hunt earlier in the day, front man Yannis Philippakis excitedly boasted about the bands trip down South Street for a famous philly cheesesteak and their appreciation for their hosts showed as they tore through tracks from their now considerable back catalogue. Latest album Holy Fire was obviously well represented, with the albums opening pair Prelude and Inhaler proving as fantastic live set openers as moody album intros. 

Milk & Black Spiders and Late Night carried the grand and emotive theme of the record perfectly while Spanish Sahara simmered and soared majestically and provided the only tinge of disappoint with the realisation that the glorious Total Life Forever was not more strongly represented in the set.

Having smashed a few mic stands around, angrily tugged at his in-ear monitors, doused the front row with water and thrown himself head first into the crowd, Yannis went walk-about through the venue from back to front and through the sweaty hard core who lapped up his boyish tough love with open arms. 

An ambient and assured performance from a band at their creative peak who clearly love playing in Philly and a city who love having them here, this was live music at it's personal best.