Kaiser Chiefs rock intimate gig in Armley

Ricky from the Kaiser Chiefs wows the crowd. Photo: Katherine Turner

By Katherine Turner

Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs played a sold out gig at The Project House in Armley on Friday night. 

To celebrate the release of their new album Kaiser Chiefs’ Easy Eighth Album the band played a small launch show at Project House on Armley Road. The venue is a relatively new venture in Leeds brought to us from four of Leeds most well-known music institutions – Belgrave Music Hall, Brudenell Social Club, Super Friendz and Welcome Skate Park.

The band comprise of Leeds-born lead singer Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew “Whitey” White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick “Peanut” Baines and drummer Vijay Mistry.

The Kaiser Chiefs played an Armley gig. Photo: Katherine Turner

With a capacity of only 1,000, the gig saw the band play a mix of well-known songs: I Predict a Riot, Ruby, Every Day I Love You Less and Less, Hole in my Soul and Never Miss a Beat with a rapturous encore of Oh My God and songs from the new album such as How 2 Dance and Burning in Flames.

With doors opening at 7pm fans were queuing down Armley Road with the band eventually starting their set at 8.30pm.

As Ricky was not quite au fait with the lyrics for the new album songs he often sang from lyric sheets and then threw them into the crowd before their encore, much to the screaming fans’ delight.

It is safe to say that their new album went down well with fans and they now embark on their country-wide tour starting in Stockton-on-Tees on 16 April.

After the gig, Simon was asked on Twitter if he had to choose between Leeds United being promoted or the band reaching number one with his new album, he joked: “Hmmmm. Leeds being promoted is good for the whole city and for thousands of fans around the world, whereas #1 only affects us five. So I’d have to go for #1”

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