Foals + The Neighbourhood @ The Fillmore, SF 4/11/13

April 17. 2013 | By Alyssa Pereira

Don’t call it #fauxchella, but Foals and The Neighbourhood came to rock California. Playing to San Francisco’s crowd, the pairing of bands (who will be joined by Surfer Blood at a few dates later this spring) kicked off their tour at the legendary (and sold-out) Fillmore on Thursday night.

Southern California’s The

Neighbourhood took the stage a few minutes late—probably partially due to the fact that The Owl Mag stole them away for a pre-show interview (posting soon!) — but nonetheless swaggered in with their bad selves to a rapidly filling auditorium. They had had a late soundcheck, as we had been informed earlier, and the rush through a short set had apparently resulted in some microphone and sound issues.

The Neighbourhood @ The Fillmore 4/11/2013
The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood @ The Fillmore 4/11/2013
The Neighbourhood

The band looked and sounded great, but singer Jesse Rutherford was drowned out by the instrumentals—an inexorable bummer for the atypically-talented vocalist. The result was lacking, but not to the fault of the band. Hip-hop head Rutherford bounced across alt-pop textures as he does beautifully on latest EP I’m

Sorry… and upcoming debut album I Love You, but only the first ten feet of the crowd were able to enjoy it.

The Neighbourhood @ The Fillmore 4/11/2013
The Neighbourhood

After a short break, Oxford’s Foals took stage and clearly, this was why soundcheck was delayed. Basking in a deep purple brume rocking some flawless chordage and the greatest paisley shirt we have ever seen, Foals came to fucking party.

Foals @ The Fillmore 4/11/2013
Foals

Foals @ The Fillmore 4/11/2013
Foals

Following some crowd favorites, including a perfect performance of “My Number,” vocalist Andrew Mears paused: “SAN FRANCISCO ARE YOU FUCKING READY?” San Francisco at the time was only just kinda ready, but, after a full detour into the aggressive, finely-tuned frenzy that is “Inhaler,” everyone shimmy-shook awake and gigged all the way to snagging the iconic exclusive Fillmore-screened poster on the way out.

Foals @ The Fillmore 4/11/2013
Foals

Foals @ The Fillmore 4/11/2013
Foals

To check out more bad ass photos of the show, go HERE.

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