For another project I’ve been working on, I had an opportunity to make it to one of my favorite cities this weekend.. Chicago. Man, I have to say I really dig Chicago. The people are wonderful, and I’m always amazed at how nice everyone is. I know there are always exceptions to the rule, but seriously people in my experience in Chicago are great. Also, I really enjoy the architecture. Fantastic skyline, and the transportation system is excellent. Things I don’t like.. traffic is super crazy for a Montana-dude like myself. Insane.
One of the things on the agenda was to see Foals play at Lincoln Hall. I’ve been telling people for about a year now, that you have to check out Foals from Oxford, England. They are AMAZING. I already knew that, and have been a fan of both of their albums (Antidotes and Total Life Forever), but this was going to be my first time to actually experience them live.. and to experience them in a great club, Lincoln Hall. On top of that, I was able to meet Yannis and spend some time with him.. wicked.
Lincoln Hall in Chicago is a great venue. Nice size room that can fit 550 people, with a bar/restaurant attached to it. Lincoln Hall has a main floor (sound booth and bar + stage) and a upper balcony area (with another bar). Frankly any spot in that club is a great location to see all the action, plus you’re only a arm’s length away from getting a beer (Yay!). If you’re looking to catch a show in Chicago-land, look up Lincoln Hall to see if something great is going on there. One other cool point, was talking to the sound guy at Lincoln Hall (Paul) mentioned he played drums with Seam. Man… I loved Seam back in the day. Anybody else into them?Foals, for people that aren’t familiar with them, is a band that like has a serious upbeat groove, but very clean, interactive guitars, that end up on the edge of exploding at the end of the song. They definitely have a energy and vibe that is catchy, which will suck you in, but with smart aggression that leaves you satisfied. Watching them was everything I expected from them, but the energy on stage which the audience elevated was unbelievable. I found myself watching the band, then the crowd, then the band, it was pretty magical. I’ve been to a few highly energetic shows in my past, but this one had something different. Not sure what, but it felt very connected. A few days have passed, and I’m still thinking about it. After the show, a EffectsBay friend Juli (@cordinatedcable) of Cordinated Cables and her husband Dan stopped to say ‘Hi’.. which was cool to meet a online friend in the real world.
So, Foals are still touring (view tour dates), if you have a chance to check them out.. PLEASE DO. You won’t regret it.