Foals and Cage the Elephant threw down the rock gauntlet at the sold-out Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, Tuesday night. Both known for their energetic live performances, neither disappointed.
Cage the Elephant came out to a thunderous ovation as singer Matthew Shultz channeled his inner Mick Jagger and riddled the crowd with fan favorites such as Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked, Come A Little Closer and Shake Me Down as well as new material from their latest album, Melophobia. Shultz hypnotized the crowd with his on and off stage antics from flailing his microphone like a helicopter, dancing with his mic stand and doing a hand stand on top of the crowd while crowd surfing. Not to be outdone, bassist Daniel Tichenor also threw himself onto the crowd while playing as well. At set’s end, Schultz was drenched in sweat and shirtless yet remained enthused as the band from Bowling Green, KY, left the crowd intoxicated and yelling for more.
Hailing from Oxford, England, math rock heroes Foals were the lightning for the oncoming storm of riffs they laid upon the Oakland crowd. Lead singer and guitarist Yannis Philippakis held nothing back on this night. Yannis and partner in crime Jimmy Smith led the charge opening with Prelude then showing off their ill guitar skills while bouncing across the stage playing hits such as My Number, Late Night, Inhaler and many more from their album Holy Fire. Drummer Jack Bevan engineered the wave of jams and synchronized beats. After a nine-song set, Foals then came back out for an encore which threw the crowd into a hot, breathless mess of sweat and head-bobbing sing-a-longs.
Photos and words by Jason Demetillo