I had gotten wind of at least one of these tour dates a few days ago when a friend in Chicago spilled the beans ahead of the Sparks Maeling List, but it’s official: FFS, the none-dare-call-it-supergroup formed between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, have announced North American tour dates. I still don’t have the album, but I saw a copy for sale in town… does that count? It was even the DLX edition with four bonus tracks, and the price was right, but it was not in the budget, and other things were more timely expenditures, so I passed on it for the time. I may be in a position to buy it next weekend if it’s still there when I go to Harvest Records 11th Anniversary sale. We’ll see how things pan out. We can sample the wares right now, though!
Pretty much prime Sparks with an 80s twist for fans of their mid period. Apart from some of the vocals and instrumentation, it sounds like quintessential Sparks. No complaints! The viddy is nicely reminiscent of the sort of video mandalas that Zbigniew Rybczynski used to make, abetted by more powerful computers. What of the dates?
FFS | North American Tour – 2015
Sept. 30th | TORONTO, ONT | Sound Academy
Oct. 2nd | BOSTON, MA | Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 3rd | PHILADELPHIA, PA | Electric Factory
Oct. 5th | WASHINGTON, DC | Lincoln Theatre
Oct. 6th | NEW YORK, NY | Terminal 5
Oct. 8th | CHICAGO, IL | Riviera Theatre
Oct. 9th | MINNEAPOLIS, MN | First Avenue
Oct. 11th | DENVER, CO | Ogden Theatre
Oct. 13th | LOS ANGELES, CA | Hollywood Palladium
Oct. 14th | SANTA ANA, CA | The Observatory
Oct. 15th | OAKLAND, CA | Fox Theater
As per usual, the Southeast does not figure in the Mael Brothers [and co.] plans. Am I bitter? No. Not any more, as I did have the Sparks event of my life in 2013. Hopefully not the only one, but if it is to be, then que sera. But interested parties adjacent to their itinerary, might want to check them out. They can probably do no wrong. They are legends.
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