Kaiser Chiefs, Festival Hall
It seemed appropriate to group these two shows together as my last
experience of both bands was about two years ago as they were enjoying
a rapid rise in popularity, success and hype. Two years ago both bands
were still learning their craft, their showmanship and the ropes, so
now after two years on the road and two albums each, how do they compare?
Maximo Park have the smaller stage, their slightly more
eccentric blend of Indie Rock not quite as commercially viable and appealing
to the masses. Operator Please were supposed to be on the bill tonight
as well, but they unexpectedly cancelled, and frankly I'm relieved,
not only because I'm overdosed on the band, but also because I wouldn't
haven't experienced the wondrously restrained and arranged set of Ghostwood.
After a short break filled with Indie Disco classics it's time for Maximo
Park to show us what their made of and it's instantly apparent that
they've become more accustomed to larger stages, singer Paul Smith and
his trademark flying leaps looking slightly restricted by The Prince
of Wales's stage. The band put on an equally energetic stage show, their
frantic sound and songs keeping the audience moving and singing, the
front of the stage is a seething mass of bodies, it's surprising that
despite the lack of security there is no stage invasion at any point
throughout their mammoth hour and a half set.