ROCKERS Kasabian were back in the North East, blasting out their high energy indie rock tracks to a massive crowd. The tour coincides with the release of their new album Velociraptor! which debuted at number 1 in the UK album charts.
Supporting them was local band The Smokin’ Barrels, who grabbed their opportunity of playing to an arena crowd with both hands. This was their biggest home gig to date, and they didn’t disappoint despite the atmosphere being a bit flat due to the crowd filtering into the arena as they performed. However, songs like Stella in the Starlight seem purpose-written for such a stage.
When Kasabian took to the stage, the sound in the arena was deafening as they launched into their first track. Every member of the band started pumping up the crowd, and looking sincerely grateful to be in such a position. Guitars, drums, bass and into vocals. No messing around. They were here for business, and their business is awesome rock tracks, with sizzling vocals and blazing guitar riffs.
What you forget about Kasabian until you see them live is just how many great songs they’ve got, from guitar-shredding hard rock, to dance-infused indie rock. Underdog, Vlad The Impaler and Shoot The Runner, were just some of the highlights in a quality set, turning an already excitable crowd into a bouncing mass of ecstasy.
The opening guitar riff of Clubfoot is instantly recognizable due to its use on match days on Sky Sports, and sparked like electricity throughout the crowd.It’s an arena anthem if ever I’ve heard one and the rhythmic bass beat is emphasized by frontman Tom Meighan’s vocal skills and vibrant energetic persona on stage. Other highlights included the track, Fire, which closed the set in amazing fashion. Every person in the crowd went wild as the simple slow build-up started. The soft lyrics meant the entire crowd worked as a human amplifier, before the song kicked in, sending the crowd into raptures.
It was the perfect way to end a cracking live show, sending everyone away on a soaring high.