DayTripper Friday – July 4th
KAISER CHIEFS – EXCLUSIVE IRISH SHOW AT DAYTRIPPER
Things could so easily have stayed the same. After more than 10 years, four albums, platinum record sales, a volley of top ten singles and 3 Brit Awards, it would have been simple for Kaiser Chiefs to sit back and coast a while, to enjoy the warm glow of being one of Britain’s most cherished bands. But in late 2012 there came a change: the departure of founder member and drummer Nick Hodgson. It was an event that might have derailed the band entirely, instead it lit a fire that has carried the Kaiser Chiefs forward, through a period of re-evaluation and reinforcement, to create an album that is their most considered, literate, and impassioned record to date.
‘Education, Education, Education & War’ (to be released on 28 March) began out of frustration. The band’s remaining members, lead singer and lyricist Ricky Wilson, bassist Simon Rix, guitarist Andrew White and keyboardist Nick Baines, decamped to Real World to see if they could kindle something new. In the days that followed, the sense of neutered creativity gave way to something thrilling and unleashed. By the end of that week, Rix recalls, they had “Nineteen or 20 ideas for songs.” And more importantly, Wilson says, “We had the spark that gave us hope.”
“At first the songs came from a very personal anger,” explains Wilson. “But then I thought back to what I’d enjoyed writing about in the beginning, with Employment, and what I enjoyed then was looking around and writing about what I saw. And so over the next year I began to write songs about living in this country, about the thoughts that inspired in me. I’m not saying it’s political, it is about the feeling of futility… about wondering ‘what is the point?’ Not in a way that means giving up, but in a way that raises a question I want to ask. I don’t think a band has a responsibility to say anything more than love songs, but if it’s in your mind more than love songs then stop writing love songs and start writing songs about what’s going on in your street.”
The Kaiser Chiefs that emerged from near-collapse in 2012 appear re-galvanised, bolstered by the addition of a new drummer, Vijay Mistry [formerly of Club Smith] and inspired by a new sense of freedom and musical possibility. They are angry, yes, but they are also inspired and ambitious and hungry for success. The album was recorded in Atlanta, Georgia — a move that gave the band the opportunity to view themselves from a new perspective. “In a weird way working in America has been good for us, because unlike some bands who work in America and end up sounding American, I think it’s solidified how British we are,” says Wilson.
With a reputation as one of the best live acts the UK has ever produced and a hatful of chart smashes (Ruby, I Predict A Riot, Oh My God, Never Miss A Beat, The Angry Mob, Everyday I Love You Less And Less), Kaiser Chiefs make their first visit to the South East for an exclusive Irish appearance in summer 2014 at Daytripper on Friday, 4 July. It’s looking like a great year to catch the band as they release their 5th album at a time when their profile has never been higher due to the success of lead singer Ricky Wilson as a coach on The Voice UK.