March 7, 2015 Head of Music

NSR Meets… The Kaiser Chiefs!

Two weeks ago, the Kaiser Chiefs played the Metro Radio Arena, a show that gave so much and more. Kaiser Chiefs are one of those bands that you will have a vivid memory of growing up, it’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since ‘I predict a riot ‘was released. Eventhough they’ve been round for such a long time, they’re still very much down to earth and still love to impress their fans. As expected they played a mixture of singles from their newest album Education, Education, Education & War and some of their classics, such as Ruby, Never Miss A Beat and Oh My God; we were even surprised to hear a cover of The Who’s Pinball Wizard, which they had performed at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, a performance of their new single Falling Awake and even a video sketch from Dave Grohl.

Starting off as pioneering a new style of indie rock in the noughties, they definitely haven’t forgotten their roots and their complete spirit on stage demonstrates this. In particular, Ricky Wilson is not just simply the calm and collected guy he may appear on ‘The Voice’, he is first and foremost a Kaiser Chiefs frontman, and he approaches his stage with limitless energy, jumping off anything in sight and a complete daredevil when it comes to a swinging, hangover microphone. It’s obvious they are a band who loves to connect and interact with their audience, and this is exactly what they did throughout the gig. At one point Ricky was even brave enough to run through (the almost sold out) standing crowds to get to a stage at the back of the arena. Also included was a Q&A type format to the show, bringing keyboardist ‘Peanuts’ centre stage, after first announcing that he had actually studied at Newcastle University, to answer a couple of questions from fans in the audience. Being the fun loving guy he is, Ricky even replied to one fan asking the question ‘do you like cats?’ with the response ‘well that’s a shit question’.

Overall, the gig consisted of endless energy from all five members, humorous interaction with the audience, fun and a whole lot of unexpected surprises. The Kaiser Chiefs are amazing not only for their Northern charm and passionate music, but for their ability to interact with a crowd, even in a venue the size of the arena, and actually get them involved with the show; even screening a backdrop of images from the Quayside during their final song Coming Home to bring in that Newcastle home spirit. The relentless energy and trademark ambition that each member brings to the stage is truly mesmerising, it’s like they’d never been away from us.

Hannah Maloney.

NSR Meets… THE KAISER CHIEFS! by Newcastle Student Radio on Mixcloud