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The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent 12.09.04
Gig rating: ****/5. Hours after they entered the album chart at number four and perhaps the last chance to see Kasabian at a small venue before they head towards arena-sized venues, I.D. initially got the night off to an eerie start, until it's basslines exploded and frontman Tom Meighan joined the rest of the band onstage. The funky bass and steel-edged guitar of Processed Beats got The Sugarmill moving. Bass-heavy, electro-influenced songs from the self-titled debut continued with aplomb; unfortunately towards the end of the set, the mystifying disappearance of the backing "aaaaah's" of L.S.F. make you realise how important they are to the song (and overall sound of many Kasabian songs), though the "aaah's" soon returned for encore and set-closer Club Foot.
V Festival. Weston Park, Staffordshire 21.08.04
Gig rating: **/5. Hugely underwhelming compared to the intensity Kasabian created when supporting The Who in June.
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham 07.06.04
Gig rating: ****/5. "We're not used to this," said Kasabian's frontman, gesturing around the largest crowd they'd yet played to. You couldn't blame them for postponing a gig on a much smaller scale they were due to play in Manchester tonight to take a support slot behind The Who.
Two songs into the set and I was reminded a lot of The Rain Band, but with a little something extra perhaps explaining why The Rain Band didn't make it and why these guys have already made more of an impression. There were also shades of The Stone Roses and The Charlatans during an impressive set - set finale, the top 20 single Club Foot was the weakest of the lot, making the album a definite purchase...
Kasabian could be huge. Worldwide huge.
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