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Foals :: Wonder Ballroom :: 12.02.13

For the second night of December To Remember, Portlanders were faced with a difficult choice: see Alt-J at Crystal Ballroom or Foals at Wonder Ballroom. Through the machinations of fate and circumstance, this writer ended up at the Wonder Ballroom - and while I hear Alt-J was stellar as well (by all accounts, both bands gave amazing performances), I don't regret going to see the Foals for one instant.

Local band Portland band Animal Eyes kicked off the evening. Their particular brand of accordion-backed art rock definitely isn't for everyone, but they played a solid set and did a good job of getting the crowd amped up for the main act.

(Animal Eyes)

I saw Foals a few years ago during their tour in support of Total Life Forever, and at the time, they pretty much sounded like the world's greatest Talking Heads tribute band (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Not so with the band that showed up on Monday night, however - not only has their sonic catalog evolved in a funkier, edgier repertoire (songs like "Inhaler" are much more reminiscent of The Cure or Depeche Mode than they are David Byrne) and their stage presence has been honed into something positively electrifying. Despite fighting jet lag, the band turned it up to 11 for the first show of their US tour, belting out hits like "My Number" and "Inhaler" and shredding with wild, speaker-destroying abandon, culminating with lead singer Yannis Philippakis wading into the crowd during the band's encore.

Foals have our number, alright - and if Monday night's show is any indication, they've really got it dialed in.



Stay tuned for our coverage of Tuesday's show with The Mowglis for December To Remember, Night 3!

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12/09/2013 12:42PM
Foals :: Wonder Ballroom :: 12.02.13
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