Tampa natives Glove opened the evening at the Fillmore in Minneapolis with their gloomy synth-pop beats. Their set sounded like the soundtrack to a vampire disco, with spooky overtones and dark lyrics. The four-piece entranced the crowd, with everyone hypnotically bobbing their heads to the beat. Glove performed hits from their two studio albums This is Going to Hurt and Boom Nights, both of which are out now and available for streaming.
Indie darlings Inner Wave hit the stage next. They brought summer vibes to this cold city, and the crowd was grateful to receive them. The Los Angeles quintet were a natural choice to be on the bill with Foals with their groovy songs full of airy, laid-back sound. They performed hits from their three studio albums, including “One in a Million” and “Diamond Eyes”.
Foals came onstage ready to get the crowd moving, and they achieved that goal with ease. From bobbing their heads to the beat or full-on dancing and jumping, the crowd didn’t stand still the entire set. The band immediately launched into “Wake Me Up”, the lead single from their latest album Life is Yours, much to the audience’s delight. The Oxford based five-piece are a well-oiled touring machine whose sound balanced expertly between heavy and raw guitar driven songs, and irresistibly catchy synth-pop.
The band members kept the chit-chat between songs to a minimum, but made an exception when lead singer Yannis Philippakis called out audience members who were fighting amongst themselves. He stopped the show to find out what the problem was, and expressed his frustration about the disruption, saying, “It’s a Thursday night! It’s not even a Saturday! People came to see a show – not a WWE match.” The rest of the show went off without a hitch, and the band played beloved classics that span across their seven albums, with “The Runner”, “Snake Oil”, and “Mountain at My Gates” provoking huge audience excitement.
Foals are currently on tour in support of Life Is Yours. Their tour ends on December 18 in Maine.