As it’s somewhat of a rarity to see Icelanders gracing our Boston stages and bars, I thought I would write a quick review of FM Belfast’s concert at Great Scott last night, Feb 28th 2013. The gig got off to a late start, and as people drifted in YDIMITU began their heavy beats hidden behind two massive strobing LED blocks set to retina destruction level. Next, the ever cheerful keys duo Child Actor took the stage and played to a still increasing dance floor crowd.
With slightly less than 200 people in attendance, FM Belfast came out to stage with full force AND Mexican party favors:
Instantly the floor of adults became partiers and the fun began. Dancing on an amazingly small stage for 5 people, only a foot up above the crowd, Árni, Lóa, and crew had the audience crouching low, jumping high, and bouncing around every which way ‘til Sunday. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen an American adult audience be so alive and it was refreshing.
“Are you ready to jump!?” Shouts Árni just before the instruments kick in and a sound wave of music blasts over a very hyper audience. I’ve seen many shows at Great Scott, but never have I began wondering just how much more the floor could flex before it might give in.
I wish I had a setlist for you, but I didn’t think about writing a review until this morning, so I am unprepared. All the classics were hit as well as a good amount of stuff from the new album. And of course, the band did underwear, and lost their pants in the process. There was blending of songs, and improvised extensions to allow the audience to dance even longer. The only song not played I would have liked to have heard was Tropical.
But it truly was a fantastic show, made slightly cooler by the smaller, very excited crowd. You can check out my blog post on FM Belfast, which includes links to stream their albums as well as links to all their pages here. And you can catch FM Belfast live at the Studio at Webster Hall on March 3rd.
Thank you FM Belfast for a great night!