Kaiser Chiefs Biography
The start of this one begins nearly two years on and the subsequent trajectory that the band has traveled. 'Employment' the album, probably exceeded everybody's expectations critics and fans alike, the album heralded it's arrival with a slew of amazing reviews from The Guardian and NME to The Big Issue in UK and Rolling Stone & Spin amongst many others Stateside . Radio took the band to their hearts across the world and made sure that the album maintained its momentum whilst retaining it's Top 40 album status for 18 months in the UK.
2005 was arguably the year of the Chiefs be it on the (indie) dancefloor, radio, TV or in print...from Parva to Philadelphia, sometimes life isn't quite as mapped out as you think! The release of 'Oh My God' in February that year preceded the album and was a mere taster of what to come, the band unleashed their pot of gold and everybody realized there was more where the likes of 'I Predict A Riot' and 'Oh My God' came from, it could be argued the album had none of that record company parlance aka 'filler' and was proven when the band took the show on-the-road, 75 minutes of hi-energy entertainment backed up by receiving 'Best Live Act' at last years Brit Awards (one of 3 Awards collected by the band on the night).
Glastonbury 2005 was the Kaisers festival, with dreaded weather curtailing some people's enjoyment the band played the main stage on the Saturday afternoon and again had the crowd eating out their (collective) hands, the sun even shone briefly with the arrival of a giant inflatable dinosaur crowd-surfing. That summer also marked the twentieth anniversary of Live8 and Kaiser Chiefs were invited to open the proceedings at the Philadelphia leg of the day long celebrations playing alongside Stevie Wonder!
Further singles 'Modern Way', and the re-appearance of 'I Predict A Riot' as a mainstream smash consolidated the band's hard work ethic which had seen them start as opening act on that year's NME Brats tour- with Bloc Party, The Futureheads and The Killers, emerging twelve months later as a band who had sold well over a million albums in the UK and establishing themselves as an enthralling live act, it was only the end of another chapter...
The past year in the Kaisers camp has been interspersed with live shows including amongst others their biggest UK gigs to date. Two nights at London's Ally Pally and back on their home turf in Leeds with two shows at Millennium Square, in addition to this the band put a lid on the "Employment" era with almost 3 million albums now sold worldwide. They sealed the deal with triumphant sets at Reading & Leeds, T In The Park and Oxygen Festivals in Summer 2006 whilst also knuckling down to the important task of coming up with the oft dreaded 'second album'. Whilst writing and rehearsing in Leeds the band continued to scoop up further accolades for debut "Employment". "Album of the Year" at the NME Awards and a prestigious "Ivor Novello Award" that positions Kaiser Chiefs alongside some of the greatest songwriters of all time.
A handful of new tracks were road tested at the various dates throughout Europe that the band had undertaken with the rest written and rehearsed back home in Leeds. It was with these 22 tracks that were to make up the sessions for what is now known as 'Yours Truly, Angry Mob'. A new chapter begins.