Review: Kaiser Chiefs @ Manchester Academy – February 18

By Jim Coldwell & Jimmy Booker

Kaiser Chiefs entertained a sell-out crowd at Manchester Academy last night as part of their latest world tour.

The Leeds indie rockers combined new recordings with their most memorable tracks, giving the audience new treats and the old favourite that made them famous.

The crowd never missed a beat as Ricky Wilson and co. wowed an audience that included everyone from your Uncle Jimmys to young people enjoying their half-term.

Wilson, Nick Hodgson, Andrew White, Simon Rix and Nick Baines performed tracks from all four of their albums and oh my God did the place erupt.

Some people may suggest that the popularity of the Kaiser Chiefs has dwindled since releasing their debut album, Employment, in 2005 but based on this showing their followers are just as addicted nowadays as they were back then.

The Kaisers are passionate Leeds United fans, and voiced their views on the club’s chairman, Ken Bates, by displaying ‘Bates Out’ signs on stage.

It seems, unlike the Kaiser Chiefs’ fan base, time is running out for Bates and Leeds fans are loving him less and less everyday.

Back to the gig and Wilson whipped the adoring audience into a frenzy with a superb rendition of I predict a riot and the atmosphere was electric as beer cups were launched skywards.

The band are touring to promote their most recent album The Future is Medieval (released as Start The Revolution Without Me in America) and their continued popularity in Manchester was highlighted by the need to add a second date to their schedule.

I would advise fans, admirers and even sceptics to grab your tickets when the Kaiser Chiefs next roll into your town, you will not be disappointed.

The new stuff is just as raucous, catchy and brilliant as the records that people have grown to love since this five-piece exploded onto the indie rock scene seven years ago.

Manchester adores the Kaiser Chiefs, and there’s no wonder why, so if you didn’t get to see them this time round, keep your eyes peeled for the next tour.

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