Live Music Review: Kasabian at London’s 02 Brixton Academy
Last night saw Kasabian play the first show of a five-night residency at London’s iconic O2 Academy Brixton.
As we entered the Academy there was a clock counting down to the arrival of the Leicester band. The room filled with excitement as the clock hit zero, the audience fell silent and the venue dropped into darkness.
Before the band had even hit the stage, Bumblebee had begun, kick-starting the gig and sending the audience into a frenzy. Shoot the Runner, Underdog and Where Did All the Love Go? followed shortly after, to the delight of the crowd.
The five-piece band relied heavily on tracks from their recent album, 48:13, which is their fifth studio album. Tracks such as Clouds, Eez-eh and Stevie proved to be popular with fans, while Treat lived up to its title as the band played an extended version of the song.
At the gig’s halfway mark, the band toned down their set with Bow, Thick as Thieves and Goodbye Kiss, which allowed the singing audience to be heard over the music
There was a lot of love and appreciation for guitarist and main songwriter Serge Pizzorno who encouraged his chanting fans to go crazy by teasing them and stating ‘Tuesday was on the phone’.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Kasabian’s UK tour, with many music-lovers stating that they’re one of the best live bands in the country today. They certainly lived up to this praise, putting on a hit packed set that most bands would be jealous of.
Tracks like Switchblade Smiles, Fire and Empire caused a raucous atmosphere, with a mosh pit developing and items of clothing being thrown into the air. The band returned to the stage for an encore, which included Vlad the Impaler but sadly saw no appearance from comedian Noel Fielding, who featured in the band’s video and made a special guest appearance during their Glastonbury headline set.
The final track of the evening was momentous: a cover of Fatboy Slim’s 1998 hit Praise You. The song saw Tom Meighan sing without any backing music before going on to sing L.S.F.
For a set lasting nearly 2 hours, this was certainly a gig to remember. Kasabian really are a band at the top of their game, a band that any newcomer artists should aspire to be like.
Kasabian will be playing the rest of their Brixton Academy shows until Saturday, with their tour ending in Sheffield on December 13.