“D’ya wanna hear a new one?” asked Tom Meighan of the boisterous 2000 strong crowd at Saturday’s concert at Sheffield’s o2 Academy. After the resultant cheer, Meighan introduced Kasabian’s new track: “This one’s called Velociraptor!.”
The band launched into a high-tempo tune with Meighan taking lead vocals and backing provided by guitarist Serge Pizzorno, who also features heavily on a pulsating chorus: “Velociraptor! He’s gonna find ya, he’s gonna kill ya, he’s gonna eat ya!”
By the time the second chorus came round, most of the crowd were singing along in appreciation of the new song.
Full of trademark Kasabian swagger and style, Velociraptor! is the title track of the band’s forthcoming album; their fourth, and follow up to the hugely successful West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
This was the first part of the night where any relative calmness was evident in the crowd, such was the frenzy of raucous debauchery that had been whipped up by Kasabian’s pulsating set so far, that had kicked off with fans’ favourite Club Foot.
They also delivered a thumping rendition of Underdog, complete with an impeccably delivered guitar solo from tour guitarist Jay Mehler.
The band then slowed the set down slightly with West Ryder… tracks Thick As Thieves and Take Aim, before ripping through old favourites Empire and The Doberman.
The relentless hits of showmanship from Meighan and cool sophistication of Pizzorno hammering his guitar was enough to make even the sober minority in attendance feel punch drunk. The bass-heavy Vlad The Impaler stirred the Academy into riotous action once more, before the crowd indulged in a sing-along of L.S.F. which made a surprise appearance in the main set, having traditionally been used as a encore closer.
As is customary, Kasabian returned for an encore, and instantly plunged into another new number, this time introduced with a mysterious and dirty electro-synth beat that was accompanied by slow and dark lyrics, before exploding into life for an aggressive and grungy chorus. Entitled Switchblade Smiles, it was unveiled on Tuesday as the first single from the new album, and if at’s as well received as it was by the Sheffield crowd, Kasabian are onto a winner. (Press play to listen to the recorded version of Switchblade Smiles below.)
The band then turned on the style with a rousing cover of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love, which melted into their hit Stuntman.
And they finished with an elongated version of 2009 hit Fire, which again sparked wild scenes in the crowd, and as Kasabian left the stage, the o2 Academy emptied to the sound of the “woo-ooh-woo-ooh” refrain of the last song.
Overall it was typical Kasabian; a relentless, ear-splitting, headache inducing performance, and the new tracks served only to whet the appetite of the fans who are doubtless desperate to hear the rest of the new album.
The Set List:
- Main Set -
Where Did All The Love Go?
Shoot The Runner
Thick As Thieves
Vlad The Impaler
- Encore -
I Feel Love/ Stuntman