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The Fiery Furnaces: ICA, London

Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 31 October 2005

GREAT GIGS, LIKE GREAT DRAMA, require an element of conflict, and The Fiery Furnaces have the advantage on that one: they are brother and sister. Tonight, there's an added tension between performers and venue officials, who refuse to light the stage despite frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger's repeated pleas to be able to see her own hands, and send staff jumping on stage to pull the plug when the band go past curfew. Add in a recording team from Radio 3 having a barney with the soundman, and you've got a set-up that would make Euripides proud.

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