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LIVE: Kasabian – Perth, 5 August 2014

| 6 August 2014 | Reply

LIVE: Kasabian – Perth, 5 August 2014
Kasabian & Delta Riggs live in Perth – Tuesday 5 August 2014
Metro City, Perth, Western Australia
Review & Photography by Stuart McKay

Kasabian LIVE Perth 5 Aug 2014 by Stuart McKay  (11)

Kasabian have been consistent in their output since their self-titled debut album back in 2004 and the boys from ‘Les-tah’ have been a beacon for British Rock since the demise of Britpop ever since. With their brand new record 48:13 they continue to explore a myriad of different sounds whilst still retaining that inimitable Kasabian flavour.

Metro City was the first stop of their Australian tour and to warm the cockles of the crowd was Melbourne rock five-piece The Delta Riggs. They’re one of the buzz bands of the moment and it’s abundantly clear why once they hit the stage. With a sound that’s reminiscent of early Brit-pop mixed with some classic American rock and punk influences they stormed through their set driven by a solid rhythm section coupled with an impressive display of well-crafted songs and a vibrant energy and confidence courtesy of front man Elliot Hammond. With songs as good as Rah Rah Radio (which has had a good flogging on Triple J of late) it’s no wonder they’ve had some guy called Jimmy Page attending one of their shows.

Once the houselights went down the venue was completely crammed and buzzing with anticipation for these self-proclaimed ‘saviours of Rock.’

Opening with the chant driven Bumblebee from the latest record, it well and truly got everybody into the spirit. And that spirit was absolute for the duration of the show. By the time they dropped the colossal sounding Club Foot the crowd was positively rabid with a palpable energy that even had guitarist/singer/musical mastermind Serge Pizzorno remarking ‘Tuesday? Pretty fucking good for a Tuesday innit?!’

Treat from the new record was a perfect example of how the band are able to dial into that signature swaggering, funky groove and then take you to the night club with its dancey, bass-heavy outro. And that is the beauty of Kasabian: their brilliant use of instrumentation that has the beguiling ability to fill every crevice of the room with a sound and delivery that’s just world class.

From the mass crowd sing-along of Empire they followed it up with a great rendition of Fatboy Slim’s Praise You before seamlessly segueing into the hiphop tinged LSF that got the crowd chanting along and had Serge exclaiming in disbelief once again ‘It’s Tuesday!?!’

They returned for the encore with the sonorous booming bass line of Switchblade Smiles that was sure to have had a few ribcages rattling and definitely had a couple of thousand people rapturous with delight. To quote the immortal words of Liam Gallagher, this crowd was ‘mad fer it’ which was not lost on Kasabian, who you could literally see feeding off this electric energy.

They topped off a scintillating performance with the amazing Fire which was totally fitting because when Meighan and Co bellowed ‘I’m on fire’ it was perfectly evident that the band – as well as the crowd – were indeed ON FIRE.

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