Franz Ferdinand and The Blood Arm @ Palladium, 8/27/09
"Brothers and Sisters I have a story for you," announced a skinny man in a white collared shirt. He then relayed to us a tale of a magic man on Hollywood Blvd. who gave him magic coins that got him so high he saw Jesus. He then denounced Jesus and said that the next band would be even better than the son of God, which is a pretty tough introduction to live up to. I'm sure that had electric guitars been around when Jesus walked the earth, he would have been freakishly good at it.
I had seen this thin man before at other Blood Arm shows. He seems to be their favorite master of ceremonies/preacher, who riles the crowd up and then lets their lead singer, Nathanial Fregoso, take it from there. Fregoso is all about the banter. Between numbers he swaggers around, flirting with ladies in the audience, jumping up on amps and guardrails, and generally entertaining/annoying everyone. This evening he wrote an impromptu number for a girl named Jackie in the audience that went, "Oh Jackie, you're the only woman who could ever make me happy," and proceeded to ask her to marry him and runaway to Minnesota. Love him or hate him, Fregoso is never boring.