SXSW Review: Kaiser Chiefs, March 15, Cedar Street Courtyard

Kaiser Chiefs played as part of a British afternoon showcase at Cedar Street, sandwiched between Band Of Skulls and Keane.  Neither as heavy as Band Of Skulls nor as overtly poppy (well, at least not in the same way) as Keane, in a way the Leeds based band acted as the perfect buffer between the other two acts.  They also definitely know how to put on a show.  

Singer Ricky Wilson is an engaging charismatic frontman who knows a thing or two about showmanship, including a ride through the crowd on the shoulders of an audience member who he drafted into service.  He and the band basically had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands.  It probably helped a bit that there seemed to be a lot of big fans in the crowd (not always a given at these sorts of showcase/parties). During their brief six song set, they most likely made fans out of the rest of the crowd too.

Posted on by Paul in Everything, South By Southwest

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