Kaiser Chiefs at First Avenue
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It had been a long seven years since their last appearance in Minneapolis (the band skipped us in 2012), but Leeds, UK band Kaiser Chiefs re-stormed the city and stage for an animated, back-to-glory performance in First Avenue’s Mainroom in Minneapolis over the weekend.
Streets of Laredo
The group seemed really excited to be on their first extended tour of America, asking if there were “Any New Zealanders here?” and “…are there any Australians in the house?” only to realize, based on the silenced feedback, that “We’re a long, long way from home.” As an introduction to their song, ‘Lonsdale Line,’ David explained that it was one of the first songs they’d written and was about growing up in “Northside, New Zealand.” They ended their set on a high note with ‘Girlfriend’ and ‘I’m Living.’
Singer Ricky Wilson was a slimmed ball of energy- relaxed but restless, bounding back and forth on stage, climbing the drum riser and interacting with the audience, from the very first songs. New drummer Vijay Mistry ably held down the backbeat as guitarist Andrew "Whitey" White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick "Peanut" Baines all played with the same breakneck energy the band had brought to the spotlight some ten years ago.
Follow up song, ‘Everything Is Average Nowadays’ had people pogo-ing in place, including a few groups of native Brits (which Wilson noticed) that were ecstatic to see one of their favorite bands in a venue much smaller than what they would play in their homeland.
Ricky Wilson in denim jacket
Ricky Wilson on the rafters
“I hope I can sing it”, Wilson declared before the encore-opening lyrical imagery of ‘Meanwhile Up in Heaven’ from the new record and its heartfelt, “Meanwhile up in Heaven, they're waiting for you, waiting for you” chorus. ‘Oh My God’ was an extended crowd-pleaser, with Wilson again racing from the stage; this time to the back bar to abscond a bottle of Cutty Sark, as the crowd chanted the chorus back in unison, Wilson mentioning “where were ya? You were supposed to watch my back”, after nicking the liquor.
Mistry’s drums boomed louder and the finale built into a crashing sonic wall, with the band playing with at least as much energy as the last time we saw them in town… never missing a beat.
Kaiser Chiefs at First Avenue, Minneapolis (13 Jun 2014)