I’ve talked previously about Friendly Fires blurring the lines between indie and dance, not just with their song writing, but the culture and their live shows.
This was one of the shows they did that saw them take that a step up. Not content with just doing a late night show in December, they curated a whole event, in an old cinema in Elephant and Castle with a late license. A celebration of the year they had touring their debut album. Different rooms, different DJ’s going through the whole night. Friendly Fires came on at midnight and had DJ’s playing long after they’d finished. It was one of the first nights I’d been to like it, and helped open my eyes to new music, and that live music was more than just a few blokes playing guitars.
Oh, and Friendly Fires confirmed that they were a band fast approaching their pomp as their live show continued to go from strength to strength. Ed’s dancing now backed by the confidence the bands success has bought them, has an extra oomph. The lighting. Confetti firing out at the end of Paris. Carnival dancers.
It was their last gig for a long time (not as long as the lost recent hiatus mind!) and was a worth celebration.