Franz Ferdinand played the first Shockwaves NME Awards Show of the year last night (January 20).
The band, who were supported by Of Montreal, played a 15-song set featuring a host of new tracks to a packed out crowd at London‘s Heaven.
Taking the stage at exactly 10pm (GMT), Franz Ferdinand launched straight into ‘No You Girls’ from forthcoming album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’.
At the song’s climax, frontman Alex Kapranos joked to the audience that he’d “always wanted to see you all in heaven”, before playing the chords to ‘The Dark Of The Matinee’ from the band’s 2004 debut album.
The band were clearly enjoying themselves onstage, with Kapranos and guitarist Nick McCarthy animatedly gesturing and pointing to the crowd throughout.
Later during ’40 ft’, Kapranos even attempted to play a Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar solo by holding his instrument behind his head.
New single ‘Ulysses’ drew one of the biggest responses from crowd, who also sung along loudly to the likes of ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘Walk Away’.
The band then ended the gig ‘This Fire’, releasing a barrage of white balloons from the ceiling which showered down on the crowd.
Speaking to NME.COM after the gig, Kapranos the show was even better than he hoped it would be.
“That was wicked,” he declared. “I’d been hoping this one would be a special one, but it went further than that. It was a bit like seeing someone you hadn’t seen for a while. We haven’t seen a crowd like that – that close up – for ages!”
The singer also admitted he was amazed that so many crowd members already knew the lyrics to the band’s new songs – despite forthcoming album ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’ not being released until next Monday (January 26).
“God bless the internet for leaking the fucking album, because everyone knew the tunes,” he joked. “That was great, actually! To see people jumping up and down to ‘What She Came For’ was, like, ‘Wow!'”
Franz Ferdinand played:
‘No You Girls’
‘The Dark Of The Matinee’
‘Send Him Away’
‘Do You Want To’
‘Take Me Out’
‘Turn It On’
‘What She Came For’
Franz Ferdinand are now set to join The Cure at the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at London’s O2 Arena on February 26.
For the full line up of Shockwaves NME Awards Shows 2009, which run throughout February and include exclusive performances from the likes Pete Doherty, The View and Simian Mobile Disco head to the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows index now.
The awards themselves take place on February 25 at the Brixton Acamdey in London.