Sunday, April 10, 2005

I Predict a Riot!

The Kaiser Chiefs @ Maxwells 3/29/05
After a very long wait, The Kaiser Chiefs finally took the stage at about 10:45 PM or so and absolutely kicked ass. Their singer, Ricky Wilson (that name always reminds me of the guitarist from The B52s who died in the mid '80s), moves like a maniac (and with a bad leg, too!), at various instances going into the audience and jumping around maniacally on the tiny stage. And what a unique-looking band, too. Ricky had a lime green suit, an ascot, and a quasi-Flock of Seagulls (i.e. Mike Score) type haircut whereas their bass player looked like Zander Schloss (the bass player for The Circle Jerks and The Weirdos; he looks like a cross between Sideshow Bob on the Simpsons and I don't know, Rob Tyner from The MC5 with his huge white afro), their drummer was dressed like Alex from the movie version of A Clockwork Orange, complete with hats, braces (suspenders) and a white shirt and their keyboard player Peanut looked like someone from Madness or The Specials in the early '80s with his rude boy outfit complete with pork-pie hat.

Anyway, looks aside, they blazed through most of the songs on their excellent debut album Employment as well as the B-side "Take My Temperature". They'll be back in July at Webster Hall and I'll be there (just got my ticket a few days ago)!


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