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Kaiser Chiefs premiere their new album at their sold out show

Kaiser Chiefs return in full form for an intimate gig

IMG_1262 Kaiser Chiefs @ Scala 13-02-2014

“Kaiser Chiefs are back” announced Ricky Wilson to welcome the crowd of a sold out Scala as soon as the musicians stepped onto the stage on the notes of Edwin Starr’s
War. Six songs from the forthcoming new album
Education, Education, Education &
War were showcased during an intimate gig in the north London venue, in rotation with all the hits from the previous albums including
I Predict A Riot,
Ruby and
Never Miss A Beat. Seven years after the Leeds quintet played at Scala, the band put on a show which was as vibrant and entertaining. The singer’s energy and passion on stage were contagious as the ecstatic crowd was jumping up and down throughout the 75 minute set.
IMG_1252 Ricky Wilson joked by introducing the lead single
Coming Home as #ComingHome to fit the recent Twitter campaign for its release. The rarely heard live 
You Can Have It All from debut album
Employment was dedicated to the contestants from BBC1 talent show The Voice who were enjoying the performance of their coach from the balcony. Amid the song the reckless front man walked through the audience before climbing on top of the mixing desk. When some fans encouraged him to jump down, Wilson replied: "What are you lot, animals? You want the blood? You've got a blood lust, like some sort of... Like some sort of angry mob!” which led to playing
The Angry Mob. The lively show concluded with
Oh My God which saw the singer cross again the barrier to go in the middle of the audience where he ended up singing the chorus with Jessica Steele, a performer of The Voice coached by Will.I.Am.
IMG_1294 Overall the new songs were well received by the fans, especially
Ruffians On Parade and the pre-released
Bows & Arrows. However, it seemed the band has made a change of direction as the new material sounded more mature and showed their most reflective and nostalgic side while only keeping a few sparks of good riffs and catchy choruses of their times of splendour.