Kaiser Chiefs - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Flinging headfirst into 'Sink That Ship', it's blatantly obvious that, whatever the venue, these five Leeds lads can do pop like no others.

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Date: 21 Oct 2005 | By Stephen Ackroyd | Rating: 4-5
Kaiser Chiefs - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

It's not always the most obvious events that see a band crowned at the pinnacle of their genre. In a week where Arctic Monkeys stand a chance of hitting the top of the singles charts, it could only have been their Yorkshire rivals Kaiser Chiefs, with a little help from The Cribs who stole their thunder.

A secret gig in a local social club, slap bang in the middle of the band's old haunts. A queue that snakes back further than you'd think possible, spread by word of mouth alone. It's the setting for something quite, quite special.

The Cribs have always been something of an enigma. Able to write the most amazing pop songs, they've frequently managed to fall apart while trying to pull them off. Not today though. Stripped down and acoustic is not something you'd normally associate with the Wakefield buzz punks, and as Gary points out; "I was imagining this being like Elliott Smith, but it's more Mike Flowers Pops". Regardless, it works.

Fellow birthday boy and brother Ryan (it's also Chiefs' drummer Nick's birthday today) goes as far as to don an accordion in a set which sees tracks like 'Martell' and 'Another Number' finally fulfill their potential. Nobody can fail to see the appeal of The Cribs on this form.

Still, with the tag of returning heroes, it was always going to be Kaiser Chiefs' day. Flinging headfirst into 'Sink That Ship', it's blatantly obvious that, whatever the venue, these five Leeds lads can do pop like no others. Jarman-fuelled renditions of 'Modern Way' and 'Another Number' follow, while 'Oh My God' and 'I Predict A Riot' threaten to take the roof off.

Later on today t'Chiefs will turn in a performance which ranks alongside any stadium supergroup Clickmusic would care to mention, but right now they've raised the bar for everyone. When the tour hits London, the riot really will begin.