English indie rock band, Kaiser Chiefs look set to take on America in 2012 but, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the band embarked on the “The Future Is Medieval” tour, which stopped off at the Engine Shed on Tuesday, February 7th.
Following the support, the Kaiser Chiefs took to the stage to perform “Everyday I Love You Less And Less.” From Leeds, the band’s setlist heavily consisted of their hits, including “Never Miss A Beat,” “Everything Is Average Nowadays,” “Modern Way,” “Ruby” and “I Predict A Riot.”
There was a Northern sense about the gig, with a number of spectators turning up in Leeds United Football Club shirts and the band had taped the words “Bates Out” – a reference to Leeds United Football Club chairman, Ken Bates, on the speakers.
The performance was the band’s second in the city, having played as Parva (the band’s previous name) in 1996. Frontman, Ricky Wilson, told the crowd: “Lincoln was the first venue we played outside of Leeds. Two people turned up and one fell asleep.”
Wilson showed great energy throughout the performance, repeatedly throwing the mic stand across the stage, swinging his microphone around and jumping on top of speakers. Additionally, his climb on to the roof of the Engine Shed stairs to plug the merchandise stand went down well with the onlookers.
The set finished with the band trying out some new material: “On The Run” and “Listen To Your Head,” two new songs from their upcoming album, were greeted with a good reception from the crowd.
Named after the South African football club of the same name, the Kaiser Chiefs returned for the encore with “Love’s Not A Competition (But I’m Winning),” as they found even more energy to finish on a high with “Oh My God.” It was a great end to an unforgettable night.