Just as 2014 was proclaimed the year of the ‘selfie’, Kaiser Chiefs find themselves in the same position... are they a thing of the past or are they a force to stay for good?
Performing in Newcastle’s Radio Metro Arena last night, the five-man export from Leeds warmed the crowd up with several headliners from their most recent productions but the building did not come alive until fan-favourites such as Ruby and I Predict A Riot were brought out of the back catalogue bag.
Despite that, the band proved their relevance in today’s age as the strong anti-war messages that underlie their latest work packed quite the political punch.
The 2014 album titled Education, Education, Education & War - referencing a famous Tony Blair speech - comes a decade after the group released Employment which rocketed the Kaisers to success in 2005.
Carried by front man Ricky Wilson’s charisma and energy, the Indie act showed they had a fun side too.
Wilson - who is currently enjoyed his latest stint as a judge on BBC1’s The Voice talent search - was all over the stage clambering onto amps, the bass drum and singing two songs from the back of the arena with a portable camera attached to his mic - giving the audience a weird yet interesting close-up of his face throughout.
The show also featured a comical Q&A with pianist Nicholas Baines - an ex-Newcastle University student known as ‘Peanut’ - who disclosed that his favourite Tyneside watering hole was Fusion Bar for the pound a pint deals on offer.
And just as the band had done to wrap up the London Olympics, the audience were treated to a rendition of The Who’s Pinball Wizard.
This time however, as they exited stage right, cameras were planted inside their dressing room to capture an explicit telling-off from rock legend David Grohl forcing the band back on stage to close the night out with an unreleased new track Falling Awake and their infamous Oh My God I Can’t Believe It.
Safe to stay just like the ‘selfie’, the Chiefs are here to stay for a while longer.