Support from Franz Ferdinand And The Stills
Manchester Academy 1.
27 August 2003.
The honour of promotion to the main Academy from a smaller venue bestowed upon New York garage rockers Interpol, provided a neat opportunity for The Smiths and Oasis influenced Montreal based quartet, The Stills to promote their debut EP ’Rememberese’ to a larger audience. Front man and Tim Fletcher was quiet but jovial throughout, with the tender ‘Still In Love Song’ getting the best reception impressing the audience.
There is a lot of big talk doing the rounds about kinetic rockers Franz Ferdinand being the future of music. Their infectious enthusiasm and range of influences from Intepol themselves to The Cure, Teenage Fan Club and The Hellacaopters. This was an assured performance by a band that is gaining fans with the momentum of a runaway freight train. Highlight track was ‘Take Me Out’ a poignant number featuring no nonsense lyrics: