that's a wrap: friendly fires at le poisson rouge
    • MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009

    • Posted by:



    In the small, warm space of Le Poisson Rouge, late on a Wednesday night, an army of boldly dressed hipsters gathered. Mumbling sweet nothings and compliments on shoulder pads, these curious creatures were not after an apathetic display of their presence but thirsty for a full on dance party led by the immensely hip and fiery Friendly Fires. This became obvious as soon as opening band (& Baeble favorites) The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band took the stage in their eight piece, multi-instrumental choir soul-funk pop glory. The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band is notorious for their unique live shows, full of improvisation, sliding guitars and nonstop tambourines, synchronized swaying and an embrace of non ironic , heartfelt performance, and despite a few flaws in the soundsystem for their expansive, expressive songs, they delivered. The soulful, slithering melodies and instrumental, morphing soundscape became the perfect starter toward anticipating the Friendly Fires.

    And anticipating is exactly what happened, for the next full hour (or even more). The excruciating wait in the already sweat infused, oven like crowded pit was hardly welcome to the restless audience, and it seemed impossible that setting up a few guitars and keyboards could drag on so much that the irritable crowd turned downright vicious for the show to start. It may or may not have had any effect on when the three Brits finally stepped on stage, but when they did (past midnight), and singer Ed Mac apologized for the delay with the promise of making it up to the already enthusiastic and relief soaked crowd, the night took on a new edge.

    Of strobe lights and dancing without end, to the Friendly Fires's signature hip swaying, rhythm sizzling disco electro dance pop songs. Ed's chemistry with the audience was undeniable and absolutely incredible, maintaining eye contact as he sang through passionate verses. His unabashed, vivid dancing drove the already converted crowd to new heights of frenzied, sweat soaked movement. But chanting along to every word of a heartfelt Friendly Fires song, this crowd did not care for maintaining meticulous styling of hair or clothes, only for a non-stop high energy dance party, until Le Poisson Rouge awoke with the disco finally flashing brillant lights and a reckless embrace of the music itself that few other than a sold-out NYC concert can ever accomplish. When the Friendly Fires finished the end of their set with classic hit "Paris," the conviction in the pumping fists and jumping feet of the entire audience, oblivious to the rest of the world, the heat, the plastered shirts to sweaty backs, the stunning colors was a marvel in itself.

    So, worth the wait, the discomfort, the late start time? As I can hardly imagine anyone walking away from the show dissatisfied (even those in the very back danced like nothing else to the rigor in Friendly Fires's electro anthems), I'd give it a vote of absolutely. I think New York would agree. -Laura Yan






    Friendly Fires on Tour


    8/15 - Circo Voador (Popload Gig) - Rio De Janeiro
    8/17 - Popload Gig - Sao Paulo
    8/19 - La Tristienda - Buenos Aires
    8/21 - Velvet - Mexico City
    8/23 - Glasshouse Concert Hall - Pomona
    8/24 - El Rey - Los Angeles
    8/28 - Reading Festival - Reading
    8/29 - Creamfields - Liverpool
    8/30 - Leeds Festival - Leeds
    9/3 - St Albans Arena - St Albans
    9/11 - Bestival - Isle of Wight
    10/22 - Philipshalle - Dusseldorf
    10/23 - Pier 2 - Bremen
    10/24 - Arena - Berlin
    10/26 - Liederhalie-Beethovensaal - Stuttgart
    10/27 - Zenith - Munich
    10/28 - Jahrhunderthalle - Frankfurt
    10/31 - Trebendo - Paris
    11/13 - Warehouse Project - Manchester

    * * * * * * * * * * * *
    More Exclusive Friendly Fires Photos on Baeble
    Friendly Fires on Myspace


    In Other News
    Girl Jumps On Stage At Friendly Fires Show In Brooklyn; Won;t Get..
    MTV Newsroom; Blog Archive; Friendly Fires Strike A Match ..
    Muso;s Guide; Reviews Single; Friendly Fires - Kiss..
    Show recap: Friendly Fires gets the party started (eventually) at (Le) Pois..
    Friendly Fires DJ Set @ Social (TICKET GIVE AWAY) | Salacious Sound
    Kiss Of Life - Friendly Fires : Quickjams.com
    Mercury Prize: Friendly Fires; Friendly Fires; Follow the Thr..
    Kickin; the Peanuts!; New Friendly Fires; Kiss Of Life ..
    Friendly Fires haters can just Kiss Of(f). Life is too short to not be On B..
    New Friendly Fires video - State Magazine | Music | News | Reviews | Live..
    Friendly Fires Kiss Of Life by Chris Cottam | Promo News
    Electrorash; Friendly Fires - Kiss of Life
    meath event guide; Friendly Fires / Friendly Fires
    10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week; Friendly Fires, The Flaming Li..
    Pocket Full of Paper; Friendly Fires;Kiss of Life..
    Video of the Day #92: Friendly Fires | There Goes The Fear Music Blog
    Friendly Fires;Kiss of Life; | Battery In Your Leg
    MTV Buzzworthy Blog; Blog Archive; New Video: Friendly Fir..
    Friendly Fires; Kiss of Life; You Are The Music
    Mercury Music Prize Nominees: #1 Friendly Fires / Features // The Music Mag..
    Friendly Fires; Kiss Of Life; NeverSleepAgain
    Friendly Fires; Kiss Of Life [FGHOTS 1]; Misplaced Swag!
    Friendly Fires - Kiss Of Life Mp3 Lyrics N Ringtones | Free Mp3 and Lyrics
    who doesn;t love friendly fires?; the boy with the thorn in hi..
    friendly fires + chris cottam: kiss of life.; shape+colour
    Friendly Fires Sign on to NYLON;s Winter Music Tour, Will Perform on ..
    Friendly Fires;Kiss of Life; | mtvU
    Friendly Fires - Kiss Of Life Lyrics | Blog Lirik Lagu
    Friendly Fires - Kiss Of Life Mp3 Download Free | Mp3 Download Free
    Hot Baeble Videos
    The Aces live at Baeble HQ

    The Aces live at Baeble HQ

    Alvarez Kings live at Baeble HQ

    Alvarez Kings live at Baeble HQ

    Tom Walker live at Baeble HQ

    Tom Walker live at Baeble HQ

    Jade Bird live at Baeble HQ

    Jade Bird live at Baeble HQ

    Emily Warren live at Baeble HQ

    Emily Warren live at Baeble HQ

    Jasmine Thompson live at Atlantic Records Recording Studio

    Jasmine Thompson live at Atlantic Records Recording Studio

    Overcoats live at Industry City

    Overcoats live at Industry City

    Clean Bandit live at Atlantic Records Recording Studio

    Clean Bandit live at Atlantic Records Recording Studio

    Irontom live at Industry City

    Irontom live at Industry City

    XXX 88 ft Diplo

    XXX 88 ft Diplo

    © 2017 Baeble Media. All rights reserved.