Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FFS Show This Town Is Big Enough for Both of Them

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FFS Show This Town Is Big Enough for Both of Them

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Byline: ANDRE PAINE

REVIEW FFS Troxy, E1 ANDRE PAINE

AS WELL as an impolite acronym, FFS is also the band name for the coming together of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks. The decade of mutual appreciation between the Glasgowbased art-rock group and the Mael brothers from Los Angeles has finally resulted in an album.

On last night's opening song, Johnny Delusional, Russell Mael's soaring vocal was a perfect fit with the lower register of Franz frontman Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy's choppy guitars. If keyboard player Ron Mael seemed a forbidding presence with his pencil moustache and permanent scowl, it's a role he's been perfecting for more than 40 years in Sparks.

Kapranos and Russell Mael were natural show-offs, although FFS took a few songs to warm up. The set really kicked into life with the surreal, sinister pop of Dictator's Son followed by Achoo, featuring Russell Mael's sneezing chorus.

The Number One Song In Heaven (actually No 14 in 1979) was even more eccentric: 69-year-old Ron Mael loosened his tie, got up from his keyboard and danced. …

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