Foals ‘Live At The Orpheum’

Kendall McLaughlin reviews, the recent Foals show At The Orpheum in Vancouver, BC, day two of the bands soldout appearance, in the Canadian city.
Foals live in Vancouver by Kenall McLaughlin

Day two of Foals’ world tour in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouverites definitely love this UK band. Orpheum was packed. There was no one sitting down the entire time the band performed. The energy of the performance made the crowd go wild. People were dancing and singing throughout the entire set. There were even crowd surfers by the end of the show!

As soon as the band entered the stage, the entire crowd stood up and people that were further back ran to the front of the stage despite that this is an arranged seated venue. They opened the show by playing ‘On the Luna’, followed by the old hit ‘Mountain at My Gates’.

Their set on stage looked similar to the album cover of ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’ with a palm tree background and potted palm plants around their instruments. During their performances, the pink colour was commonly used for their lighting especially whenever they played a song off the new album.

The lead singer/guitarist, Yannis Philippakis, jumped into the crowd a few times to get close with the audience. He mentioned at one point at how much they love performing in Vancouver, which I cannot blame him, the energy level was beyond high. His vocals echoed in the room so beautifully during the performance of “Sunday”. People were swaying until the song picked up the tempo and the crowd started jumping.

Right before they left for the encore set, they amped up the vibe and played “Inhaler”. The lights were going crazy as the crowd was jumping up and down. Halfway through the song, they revealed a different background to their set which went from the palm trees to 2 lions on a black background. It came to a total surprise to everyone in the crowd. Is this a hint to ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2’?

They came back to the cheering crowd for an encore of two songs, “What Went Down” and “Two Steps, Twice”. These two energetic songs were definitely a great way to end a well put together setlist.

Their tour ends August 30th in St. Petersburg, Russia right at the end of summer. They will not be playing any songs from the Part 2 album during this time, but I suspect once this tour ends, we will be expecting new dates listed promote the newer album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2’.

review by Kendall McLaughlin