Posted by Danni Le Toullec on February 11, 2011
Yannis Philippakis is the kind of frontman that security guards hate and fans anticipate. He's unpredictable, and has the kind of blatant disregard for his own safety that makes venues want to revisit liability contracts.
With his floppy Elvis-style curly hair falling across his face, he climbed the Enmore Theatre speakers and lobbed a microphone stand into the crowd. Following it swiftly with his own body. Twice. Yannis mentioned that he spent his day sussing out Sydney’s finest medical centres due to a suspected cracked rib, but clearly the show goes on.
From the opening lines of ‘Blue Blood’, Foals drew us in with a striking combination of rich, stripped back vocals and intense energy that didn’t waver once during the entire show. They smoothly transitioned into ‘Total Life Forever’, the title track off their latest album - released May 2010 and shortlisted for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. Working with producer Luke Smith this time round, Total Life Forever sees the band experimenting with ambient soundscapes and even dabbling in a ballad or two. ‘This Orient’ and ‘After Glow’ show they are not afraid of stepping away from the slightly more upbeat sounds they were previously known for. More...