The British invasion takes over the House of Blues in Chicago as Kasabian and Slaves take to the stage.

Fresh from their sets at Riot Fest and then opening for the Buzzcocks later the same day, Slaves perform their third Chicago show in four days. Apparently, Chicago cannot get enough of them. With Isaac Holman on drums and vocals and Laurie Vincent on guitar, the Brit duo have had a busy summer performing at numerous festivals.

Whilst there has been an influx of two-piece bands over recent years, Slaves have taken a different route, clearly influenced by the early British punk scene. Their raw performance certainly managed to grab the attention of the packed House of Blues.

With the audience sufficiently hyped up and raring to go, Kasabian swagger out onto the stage. Each time they return to Chicago the crowds get bigger and bigger, moving from performing at The Bottom Lounge to the Metro, and now at the House of Blues. Whilst there was a strong following who have seen the Leicester boys numerous times before, including a core of British residents, there were also a good number of Chicagoans who were eagerly anticipating their first ever Kasabian show.

As always, their show is an adrenaline rush from beginning to end. Starting off the night with “Ill Ray (The King)” from their most recent album For Crying Out Loud and it was off to a raucous beginning. It might have only been two songs into their set, but “Bumblebeee” had the entire House of Blues jumping on command, to the point where the entire building and light fittings were shaking from the impact. With that, the night was off to a roaring start.

The chemistry between singer Tom Meighan and guitarist Serge Pizzorno is electric and emanates out into the crowd. They feed off each other’s energy and look like they are enjoying every minute of the performance. The only time it slowed slightly was when they had some technical difficulties, but they soon got it back on track.

Whilst these guys are often labeled as an indie rock band, a term which they hate, they certainly have their own blend of rock and electronica. Regardless of what you label them, they certainly keep the anthemic hits coming. 

The US tour is just a brief one (ten dates to be precise), in support of their release from May of this year. Whilst the new material can proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with their older material, there are so many huge hits of theirs which will stand-out from any setlist. Songs like “Eez-eh”, “Club Foot”, “Shoot The Runner”, “Vlad the Impaler”, “Underdog”, “Empire” and “L.S.F.” are certainly an impressive hit list to have and sure to send any crowd into a frenzy.   

Hopefully, it won’t be too long until they make it back Stateside, where they are sure to receive a warm welcome.   

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Event Date: 19-SEP-2017

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!