Allan Crow reviews The Kaiser Chiefs as they hit Fife at the start of their 2013 UK tour
Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline
BY general agreement, this a was a wee belter of a gig - the sort that left you gasping for fresh air outside with the sound still ringing in your ears.
With two support acts - one good, one rather stuck in a Talking Heads/Eno/Bowie-ish 1980s timewarp - it was a busy old night for the venue, but also the perfect way to kick-start a new year of glorious live music.
With a good decade behind them, the Kaisers are a tight band who know how to crank out a good tune or two.
All the big hits from the mid-Noughties were here and, let’s be honest, that’s why most of us were here too!
Songs such as ‘Ruby, Ruby, Ruby’ ‘Everyday I Love You less And Less, and ‘I Predict A Riot’ were made to be played live, and they were duly belted out with maximum impact.
Frontman Ricky Wilson knows how to work a crowd too, so each and everyone of ‘em went down an absolute storm.
It was a pretty seamless set all in all, the new stuff fitted in well, the old stuff still sounded fresh - and fun.
They’ve been quiet of late, but 2013 marks a new burst of activity for the Kaisers.
There’s still a fair bit of life in this band yet ...