Franz Ferdinand with support from The Fiery Furnaces
& Sons & Daughters Manchester Academy 1 30/04/04.
The alluring alt rock Glaswegian quartet Son & Daughters swooned into Manchester and picked up a few more fans, with their neat mix of male Proclaimers and Jagger style vocals of Scot Patterson and the Patti Smith meets Tori Amos singing of Adele Bethel against a back drop of Ryan Adams mixed with Johny Cash instrumentals. The melodic and meandering ‘Broken Bones’ got the crowd on their side early and Adele’s engaging vocals in ‘La Lune’ saw the first dancing of the evening in the pit.
Five minutes ahead of schedule The Fiery Furnaces bounded on to stage led by the sincere Eleanor Friederberger with the enthusiasm that a chicken commonly possesses at this time of the year. Opening with the captivating ‘I Lost My Dog But Now He Is Found’ she kept the crowd captivated with her narrative style, as she told us of her quest for religious enlightenment with her Patti Smith singing at the speed of Tori Amos vocals. Things slowed down with another non album narrative track ‘Broke Mind’ fuelled by brother Matt’s powerful organs lifting the track from the mournful category the hand clappingly captivating.
It was during ‘South Is Only A home’ the first track they utilized from debut album ‘Gallowbirds Bark’ that the unfortunate technical troubles kicked in that were to plague the otherwise intriguing set, in which