By Raunie Mae Baker
March 18, 2019
The historic Orpheum Theatre was sparsely filled, the openers, Kiev and Bear Hands, came and went. By the time Bear Hands was leaving the stage, there wasn’t an empty seat in sight. The room was tense waiting for the band everyone was there to see: Foals.
The stage was draped in red lighting, and the packed Orpheum had nearly everyone standing in anticipation. As the band walked out, the crowd erupted. The synth from their track ‘On The Luna’ started playing and the band fell into a chemistry-filled groove. As the song went on the lighting got more and more intricate, setting the scene for the rest of the show.
The British alt-rock band rode through the set as though the whole audience was on stage with them, playing songs from all parts of their discography while focusing on their recent album, ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1.’ The lights lit up the crowd swaying like the palm leaves on stage. When their frontman, Yannis Philippakis, wasn’t in the crowd, he was spinning around the stage with his guitar. During “What Went Down,” there were crowd surfers and photographers reaching to get the best shots possible. There wasn’t a corner in the room that the sound wasn’t filling.
Then there was silence. It took a few moments to for everyone to accept the high energy show was really over. The room was full for Foals, and they stole everyone’s hearts and ran with it.FOALS, Orpheum Theatre