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Ricky Wilson back to his best as Chiefs have a riot with Feile fans

By Michael Conaghan

One of pop's great Saturday night bands, the Kaiser Chiefs, have been making a valiant effort to keep their profile high despite declining record sales and the loss of chief songwriter Nick Hodgson.

Ricky Wilson's stint with The Voice appears to have done the trick and their reward has been a number one album with this year's Education Education Education and War.

Though it was well into the night before they finally appeared, a rambunctious, nay lairy, Feile crowd gave them a rapturous welcome.

Opener Factory Gates showed their continuing mastery of clipped early '80s-style pop, with a slimline Ricky Wilson (I predict a diet) leading the crowd through a muddy sounding Everyday I Love You Less and Less, a muddiness that never really went away, but then, hey, the tent was muddy too.

Fortunately, Wilson has developed into a considerable frontman who can paper over the cracks of their lesser songs, and mostly this was the kind of high energy set that played to the band's strengths.

Inevitably, new songs need a bit of bedding in time, but recent single Coming Home has a chiming effortlessness which has unsurprisingly led the band back towards the top 30 – leaving bankers like Ruby, and that song about fighting to predictably turn the tent into a heaving mosh pit.

Three stars

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