Foals Live At The Marquee, Cork 5 July 2016

All Tvvins stock has been rising for the last year and tonight’s support slot for Foals at Cork’s Live At the Marquee is the ideal setting to continue that rise.  Duo, Lar Kaye and Conor Adams have previously both had a taste of the big time with Adebisi Shank (Kaye) and The Cast Of Cheers (Adams) respectively, but in the past year All Tvvins have already surpassed the levels of success achieved by either of their earlier incarnations.

Tvvins would seem to have become triplets since I have seen them last with the addition of a very capable drummer to the line-up. As long as I can remember coming down here to the Monaghan Road venue, I don’t think I have seen a bigger crowd watch a warm up act.  All Tvvins did not disappoint and rattled through an excellent, seven song set at break neck speed.  There was a loud cheer when they announced their debut record would be released next month. I thought ‘Resurrect Me’ was the stand out song of their impressive performance.

There has been much made of the lack of quality on the line up for this year’s LATM. It would appear that the organisers have opted to play it safe this time around and invited a lot of the older acts back. However, it is a leeside debut for English indie-rockers, Foals this evening, but is should be said that after a triumphant appearance at this year’s Glastonbury festival and with a string of critically acclaimed albums in their locker, it wasn’t exactly a risky move to book them.

Arriving on to the stage under blinding strobe lights, the show got under way with the impressive ‘Snake Oil’ from the current album ‘What Went Down’ followed soon after by old favourites ‘Olympic Airways’ and the excellent ‘My Number’. The pace is frenetic and there isn’t much time for chat between songs here, it’s six songs in by the time the fantastic ‘Spanish Sahara’ eases the tempo and provides brief respite. Frontman Yannis Philippakis has in the past been criticised for being outspoken and a little egocentric, but he shows great speed of thought and experience when a technical issue with a microphone was expertly covered by jump from the stage. ‘Mountain At My Gate’ from the current album and ’Inhaler’ from the brilliant ‘Holy Fire’ album released in 2013 were big favourites with the crowd before foals exited the stage.

Familiar cries of “one more tune” were answered with an encore which included an excellent version of ‘What Went Down’ the title track from the current album. It isn’t my favourite track but this live version was intense. During the final minutes front man, Yannis Philippakis disappeared into the crowd for a second time and comically all that could be seen was someone dangling him upside from his ankle in an attempt to break his fall. To his credit he reappeared back on stage within seconds and in time to finish off what has to be said was a flawless performance by Foals.

 

Words by Anthony Kelly

Photo: Shaun Neary