The Kaiser Chiefs played Mallorca Rocks last night in the Majorca beach resort of Magaluf. The Chiefs were only the second band since the opening party with Ed Sheeran three weeks ago. Since then the crowds have been treated to the likes of Maverick Sabre and Chase and Status but this was the first full band with guitars and vocals and it was a band who are making something of a come back after a long hiatus. Could they still be enough to entertain the Mallorca crowd?
The Kaiser Chiefs certainly have enough hits to keep a crowd happy and they opened strongly with their early, aggressive Post-Punk revival sound. Early on though there seemed to be some technical problems and Ricky's mic gave him bad feedback and distortion. This problem continued until the singer threw the mic and stand on the floor and pushed one of the monitors off the stage in frustration.
Things were not looking good for the Chiefs and the words "I predict a riot" began to repeat in my head.
Luckily though the problem was soon fixed and the band rattled through their back catalogue. Ricky climbed down off the stage and made his way into the crowd for tracks like "Ruby", "I predict a riot" and "The angry mob".
Hands in the air and bouncing away energetically the crowd were lapping it up and by the time they finished with "Oh my God" any early technical issues or worries were gone.
The gig left me with a slightly strange feeling. The band had played all their hits, and the Kaiser Chiefs are one of those bands who have more songs than you realise, and although there were some new tracks that had a dreamy more psychedelic edge to them that sounded pretty good for the most part it was like watching a gig in 2007.
There was nothing wrong with 2007, I'd just like to hear something a bit more current from a band at a festival as new and fresh as Mallorca Rocks. Luckily though the next few gigs in the line up are looking bang up to date with Example, Plan B and Professor Green all on the horizon.
The next time we see guitars on stage at Mallorca Rocks they're going to be in the hands of Kasabian, and that might just be the best gig of the summer.