Funk pop act Francis & the Lights is hoping to win over skeptics when they support national hip-hop hero Drake at The Centre For Performing Arts on Tuesday. Back in February, hip-hop fans were left scratching their heads, when Drake announced support for his Away from Home Tour would come from the relatively unknown New York alt-poppers.
Since then though, Francis & The Lights have played a starring role in “Karaoke,” a stand-out track from Drizzy’s debut, and it’s this form the underdogs have carried through into their supporting role in Drake's “Away From Home” tour.
The band, led by freewheeling frontman Francis Farewell Starlite, absolutely shine in live performance. While Francis and the Lights’ records are calculated and quietly assured, their public appearances brim with energy and flamboyance. The band have also given every ballad the chop from their setlist, so they can focus entirely on material to win over the beat-loving fans of Drake.
Francis and the Lights have been performing since 2007, but their debut album. “It’ll Be Better” released this week.