Kaiser Chiefs are an English indie rockband from Leeds who formed in 1997. They were named after the South African football club Kaizer Chiefs. The group’s debut album, Employment, was released in 2005. It was primarily inspired by New Wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s,and enjoyed international success with over three million copies sold.
In 2005, the album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. Kaiser Chiefs’ second album, Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), yielded “Ruby”, a number one single in the United Kingdom.They released their third album, Off with Their Heads, in October 2008. After a three-year hiatus, they released The Future Is Medieval in June 2011.
Following a long hiatus (since 2008), Kaiser Chiefs announced that they expect to release their fourth studio album in mid-2011. The album was recorded over a period of eighteen months at various locations including drummer Nick Hodgson’s self-built east-London studio.The album’s producers included Tony Visconti, Ethan Johns and Owen Morris, in addition to Nick Hodgson himself.
The band have been confirmed to play at Germany’s Hurricane and Southside Festivals in June, Switzerland’s Gurten Festival, Pinkpop in The Netherlands, Belgium’s Rock Werchter, Portuguese festival Optimus Alive! in July, V Festival in August, Hard Rock Calling in June, the Isle of Wight Festival in June and at Terres Rouges Festival in Luxembourg in September. They recently confirmed they will be playing at Tennants Vital in Bangor, Ireland and in September they will play two sold out home town shows at Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds. They will also be playing in October in Festa das Latas, Coimbra – Portugal.
Kaiser Chiefs have also established their own record label, entitled Chewing Gum Records. Their first signing was The Neat, a band from Kingston upon Hull, who were featured on the BBC6 Music Playlist.
On 30 May 2011, Ricky Wilson appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe show and announced a new song which was called “Little Shocks”. It was played on the show and was streamed on the band’s official website.
On 3 June 2011, Kaiser Chiefs launched their new album from their website. However, instead of simply allowing fans to download the pre-made album, the band instead employed a new policy of allowing fans to “create their own albums”. Using this technique, fans are able to choose 10 out of 20 songs to create “their album” for 7.50; the band provides streams of roughly one minute to preview each track before selection. Furthermore, after the creation of some albums, by early customers, later customers could be able to select an already created album if they desired, with the original creator being reimbursed one pound for each copy of their album downloaded/sold. Many celebrities including, Radio One DJ Chris Moyles, The Guardian Newspaper, and frontman Ricky Wilson, created their own version of the album, donating the £1 reimbursement for each copy sold to the Alzheimer’s Society.
On 27 June 2011, Kaiser Chiefs released an official tracklisting for the album, featuring 12 of the 20 available tracks and including a previously unheard track ‘Kinda Girl You Are’ which did not make the initial launch as it was not ready in time.
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