Firstly, I am still in disbelief that this even happened. Kasabian, a band that I have been dying to see for years, playing in my hometown... I mean, it's not as if The Cliffs Pavillion hasn't hosted its fair share of great acts over the years. Believe it or not, Oasis, Blur, The Prodigy, Catfish and the Bottlemen and of course the legends themselves, The Chuckle Brothers have all played at this seaside venue.
Touring just before the release of their new album, For Crying Out Loud, Kasabian set out to do a set of intimate shows, stopping off at Birmingham, Southend, London and Ireland. I was terrified that the show was going to sell out immediately, with the venues capacity only being 1630 and having already gathered a lot of interest. Not to mention the bastard ticket touts that would be lurking. However, fans were given a real chance to get tickets in the pre-sale, the only catch being that you had to buy their album and I wouldn't really call that a catch. After nearly having a heart attack, caused by buying the tickets on my phone (warning: just don't ever do that) and a weak WiFi connection, the tickets were, unbelievably mine.
Despite the controversy towards band, CABBAGE in a later London show, I really enjoyed what they offered as a support act. Hysterically frantic and evoking that same hyperised anarchy that Kasabian do in their music. If you're a fan of Slaves, Drenge and Fat White Family check them out!
By the time of their gig, only one track from their upcoming album had been released; You're In Love With a Psycho. Along with the brilliantly bonkers music video, playing tribute to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which features the members of the band, Stephen Graham and Kasabian's 5th Beatle: Noel Fielding. Kasabian have once again come back with something completely different yet beautifully identifiable. Even though this was my first time seeing them, their playful and genuine character made this gig feel incredibly familiar. Kasabian have always been a band that people regard as underrated. Now, I do agree with this to a certain extent but I feel as if this has a lot to do with the fact that they don't have that untouchable exclusivity to them that other bands have. They seem so approachable.
Of course being at the front at a gig like this, the inevitable happened, I needed the toilet. But then again, being at the front of a gig like this, I decided that I'd rather piss myself than lose my spot. They entered with You're In Love With a Psycho and finished with Fire, revisiting all the classics such as Shoot the Runner, Underdog, Eez-eh, Club Foot, Empire and L.S.F along the way, with as much energy and spirit as if it were the first time. The crowd was amazing too, making up an insanely electric force which I think fueled the gig even further. I don't think I've grinned so much in my life, my face genuinely felt as if it was going to fall off. I don't know how much this had to do with the fact that I held Serge's hand as he sang into my eyes (the sea of hundreds of fans). They were so
I am envious of all the lucky souls who'll get to see them at Reading this year because it's going to be absolutely insane. For Crying Out Loud is set to be released on the 5th of May, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for what I expect to be another smashing album.