Fresh off the heels of their Governor’s Ball set on Sunday, Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand played a headline set at Brooklyn’s Warsaw in the heart of the Polish hotbed that is Greenpoint for an intimate performance in the small music space housed inside the Polish National Home. Protip: try the pierogies, they’re made by real live babushkas.
Anyway, let’s get this show on the road, shall we? I’d never seen Franz Ferdinand live before so I had no idea what to expect, and it turns out the crowd gets a little…jumpy…during their shows. Nothing crazy, but enough to shake the floor a little, and I love shows like that, ones that have just the right level of intensity without getting all moshy and making me claustrophobic. Right out of the gate I knew it was going to be a fun show, as the dudes started off what would become a 17-song set with Jacqueline from their self-titled 2004 debut. That would be the first of many from their debut effort, FF would rattle off 5 more numbers from their widely acclaimed first album.
I’ll include the full setlist at the bottom, but other tunes of note featured on the night were Do You Want To, Walk Away, Huck & Jim, Take Me Out, and Ulysses. Take Me Out is obviously still the band’s biggest hit to this day, so it was something of a surprise that they chose not to close with it, but treating fans to a 4-song encore made hearing the band’s most recognizable song earlier in the set a non-issue when you consider the songs featured in the long encore: Always Ascending, Darts of Pleasure, Love Illumination, and This Fire to wrap the whole thing up with a nice little bow and send the sold-out crowd home.
That’s a hell of an encore, even as a casual fan. No matter what the encore consisted of, it was obvious to me as someone who has never been a hardcore Franz Ferdinand fan that these guys put on a hell of a rock show. A good band takes a casual fan and turns him into someone who will go back and listen to their music over and over with a new appreciation for the work they put in to make such upbeat, fun tunes to rock out to. A great band will take a casual fan and make him love their music on the spot.
Franz Ferdinand pulled off the latter at The Warsaw. I can’t leave this article without saying that. The rockers from Glasgow, Scotland did what I was hoping they would do, make me love them, and I have to say that after seeing the band live, I love them. That’s the true measure of a great band. Check out our photo gallery by Sean Murphy below.
Franz Ferdinand setlist:
No You Girls
The Dark of the Matinée
Do You Want To
Stand on the Horizon
Huck & Jim
Take Me Out
Darts of Pleasure