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Foals / Surfer Blood: live in Pawtucketlive in Pawtucket (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseInaGreendase
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It seemed as though Surfer Blood had just kicked off their opening set on this bill when a friend and I walked into The Met in Pawtucket, RI, on a typically overcast night in this city neighbor to the state capital. It seemed like Foals had booked dates in Boston and Providence (-ish) on this tour s.
It seemed as though Surfer Blood had just kicked off their opening set on this bill when a friend and I walked into The Met in Pawtucket, RI, on a typically overcast night in this city neighbor to the state capital. It seemed like Foals had booked dates in Boston and Providence (-ish) on this tour strictly because hey, they do have a song named after the latter. The 600-cap room wasn't even really half-full—I'd say there was roughly 200 to 250 people present. Respectable, but by no means a packed room, and there weren't many more after Surfer Blood's set. Speaking of whom, they were a pleasant choice as a support act for Foals—sure, they generally get coverage from the same sort of press outlets, but their music is far different, especially live. Their power-pop-inflected alt/indie rock provided a nice, easygoing 45 minutes or so as a warmup to Foals' far more chaotic and thudding set. They played a ton of new stuff from their forthcoming record, Pythons, which for the most part seemed much more energetic than much of 2010's pretty good Astro Coast, and frontman John Paul Pitts even wandered out into the crowd for a song. Closer "Swim" was a nice highlight, though I was surprised that it didn't seem to garner any sort of noticeably bigger reaction than the other songs did. Wasn't it, like, kind of a big single? At least as far as satellite radio goes?
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