Kasabian: London Brixton Academy – live reviewKasabian

London Brixton Academy

December 1, 2014

Photo Credit : Linda Nylind.

Signed to Alan Mcgee’s 359 Records Mz. Moxy took time out from her own musical adventures to review the mighty Kasabain on the first night of their London residency.

Kasabian took the stage Monday night at Brixton Academy, kicking off a week long residency at one of London’s indie rock mainstays. Revisiting the venue after first headlining there in 2004, this past decade has seen Kasabian emerge as one of the UK’s biggest draws. After headlining Glastonbury 2014, they’ve been busy promoting their fourth number one album.

Kasabian’s danceable mix of electronica and rock attracted a mixed crowd of excited fans (not just your rowdy lads), who remained engaged throughout the hour and a half set, with everyone out of their seats – save a few brief lulls. Repeated orders from singer Tom Meighan to “Get those bloody hands up” were obeyed to the letter, with the upper levels shaking in time with drummer Ian Matthews’ steady backbeat.

On the screen behind, visuals of electronic frequencies, fleeting video of the band, and selection of words in the no-frills fuschia fontface of their current release, 48:18: “Bovver”, “Trackie”, “Bumble”, “Eez-Eh”, and “Flannel” – presumably, an ironic chav word salad – flashed onscreen. The sound was louder than average, with minor critiques for some guitar and keyboard parts being a little lost in the mix.

One interesting aspect of the show was to hear how the songs were reworked for live purposes. The almost disco-like elements of their more known tunes have a slightly different live vibe. “Where Did All The Love Go” was a tad slower, and relied more on bigger rock beats than the studio version’s more nuanced version, and embodied a more stripped down rock feel. Crowd favourites were “Club Foot”, “Underdog”, “Eez-Eh”, “Fire”, and of course “L.S.F.” was the anthem of the night.

Serge Pizzorno belted out a few downtempo tunes, vocally ambitious and well executed, which provided the more mellow moments of the evening, punctuating the show into three distinct acts. Otherwise, schoolhood chums Serge and Tom energetically jumped around the stage inciting the crowd into spirited call and response exchanges, with the audience singing along to every word.

Meighan also treated fans to a few lines of Jim Morrison’s “People Are Strange”, along with longer renditions of Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” and Cameo’s “Word Up”, (with a missed opportunity for David Essex’s “Rock On” after “Bumblebeee”).

Without a doubt, the boys earned their dosh with a set lengthy enough to include all the hits, as well as ample material from the new release. The band was tight and on form, and this week should settle into a comfortable groove, with a polished set that’s sure to solidify their fanbase – and strengthen their standing as one of Britain’s best current rock bands. If they continue on their current trajectory, Kasabian shows promise to become of the more enduring outfits of their generation.

Set List:
Shoot The Runner
Where did all the love go?
Days Are Forgotten
Cut Off
Thick As Thieves
Club Foot
Re-Wired / (Word Up)
Vlad The Impaler
L.S.F. (Praise You)

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