Kaiser Chiefs deliver thrilling show in Boston

A review of the Kaiser Chiefs at the Paradise Rock Club on March 6, 2012

, Editor-in-Chief

Kicking off their stateside tour, Kaiser Chiefs delivered a thrilling rock show at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on Tuesday. Led by fiery frontman Ricky Wilson, the English rockers delivered a 90-minute set packed with infectious songs for the near capacity crowd.

Hailed in Europe as one of the best live acts, Kaiser Chiefs are household names in the U.K. where they headline major festivals, arenas and even stadiums. On this side of the pond, the band from Leeds have never quite achieved such stardom. After a brief hiatus, Kaiser Chiefs returned last summer with their fourth album, The Future Is Medieval. It was a unique project as the band did not release a proper album at first. Instead, they posted 20 new songs on their website and allowed fans to create their own 10-track album with custom cover art. A proper physical set was later released with 12 of the 20 songs but an American release was delayed until this past Tuesday, when the band released a third version of the project. Titled, Start the Revolution Without Me, this version features 12 tracks from the Medieval sessions plus one brand new song.

Originally scheduled for the House of Blues, Tuesday’s show was moved to the more intimate confines of the Paradise Rock Club. It was a rare treat for their adoring fans and despite having performed on stages that are the size of the ‘dise itself, the band seemed to thoroughly enjoy performing in the club. Met with roaring applause, Kaiser Chiefs opened the show with a rousing rendition of “Everyday I Love You Less and Less” off their 2005 debut album, Employment. They kept the energy flowing with another fan favorite in “Never Miss A Beat” before playing “Little Shocks”, the first of a handful of new songs the band would perform.

Early set highlights included “Modern Way” and the brand new “On The Run”. “Ruby”, the band’s biggest stateside hit, sparked a joyous sing-along, so much fun that Wilson led the crowd through one more run of the chorus after the band completed the song. The show continued to soar with “The Angry Mob” and “Na Na Na Na Naa”, the later of which highlighted the talents of guitarist Andrew White and drummer Nick Hodgson.

Wilson, a tremendous frontman, used the Paradise as his own jungle gym of sorts. The dynamic frontman was in a great from, exuding loads of energy and showcasing his fine vocals. He worked the crowd with every move, parading around the stage and even climbing the speaker stands. During “Kinda Girl You Are”, Wilson jumped off the stage and made his way through the crowd. Ending up at the back bar, he ordered a beverage, thanked the crowd with a “cheers” and delivered “Take My Temperature” from atop the bar. With the crowd in a frenzy, Wilson returned to the stage as the band closed the main set with “Listen To Your Head”.

Kaiser Chiefs returned for a two-song encore. “Love’s Not a Competition (But I’m Winning)” got things started before a thrilling take on the incredibly infectious “Oh My God” that had Wilson leading a sing-along from the corner of the balcony.

With a performance as entertaining as Tuesday’s show in Boston, it’s baffling to comprehend why the Kaiser Chiefs don’t enjoy a bigger fanbase in the States. Here’s hoping they return to Boston quickly, and if they do, make sure you check them out. There are few bands that can deliver a rock show as energetic as the Kaiser Chiefs.

Setlist

1.  Everyday I Love You Less and Less
2.  Never Miss A Beat
3.  Little Shocks
4.  Everything Is Average Nowadays
5.  Good Days Bad Days
6.  Modern Way
7.  On The Run
8.  Ruby
9.  The Angry Mob
10. Na Na Na Na Naa
11. Starts With Nothing
12. I Predict a Riot
13. Kinda Girl You Are
14. Take My Temperature
15. Listen To Your Head
  Encore:
16. Love’s Not a Competition (But I’m Winning)
17. Oh My God

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