Foals at the Crystal Ballroom

British band Foals came through Portland last Wednesday on the tour for their new album Holy Fire, their third full-length album. It makes sense that Blondfire, an electro-pop duo from LA, was on the bill with Foals; their sounds are compatible and definitely speak to the same crowd. Surfer Blood, on the other hand, were confusing at best. I could have been 14 watching them open for some band like Bowling for Soup or All-American Rejects. Actually I never would have gone to that show, even as a teen, and I would have preferred to not hear their set at all on Wednesday night. It was that bad. Maybe if they had a little more "surf" or "blood" in their sound (...shark attack?) they could be a mediocre time-filler, but damn. Never again.

Foals were well worth the wait—they always put on a fantastic live show. Full of energy and charisma, they're fun to photograph and babes to boot. Most of the songs they played were from the new album, but a few songs from Antidotes—their first album (and best, in my opinion)—were obvious crowd favorites. It was also nice to notice that they had developed some of their earlier songs a little more. They weren't carbon copies of the recording, but had been added to and finessed. The floor of the Crystal was definitely bouncy. For once I was actually happy about the "first three songs only" photo rule, so that I could dance too.

Foals at the Crystal Ballroom

More photos after the jump!