Last Friday night was a good one, to say the least. The American leg of the Friendly Fires Pala Release Tour kicked off that evening and my friends & I made our way over to the Loft in Midtown to check out the band’s first stop. The energy was turned all the way up, from start to finish, and the performances were on point. Theophilus London got the show started on the right foot as the opener and Friendly Fires took it home.
Theophilus London took us through his latest LP, Timez Are Weird These Days, and played a few songs from his Green Label Sound and Paris 96 EPs. He showed a little of that Brooklyn attitude after a problem arose with the sound team, but once everything was resolved, he gave the crowd a special treat with a preview of his newest track, Big Spender, which London said was expected to officially drop the next day. I can’t wait for the mastered version to be released. The track is live and it’ll get you going. Check out the preview below.
Once London’s set was done, Friendly Fires came out and really got the show started. As soon as the lights came up, the energy was wild! This British trio works very well together and it resonates on stage. Ed Macfarlane (the lead singer) is an awesome performer. He danced his heart away, hopped in the audience (a few times), jumped on speakers, and more. Jack Savidge and Edd Gibson may have been in the back, but they held their own on stage as well. The crowd certainly got their money’s worth (I know I definitely did). My friend Brandon and I knew almost every song and we were singing along the entire night. I think some of the crowd probably thought we were just there for Theophilus, but they knew better by the end of the night. I was surprised I could even talk afterward with all the screaming I did. Check out some of the good times below.