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.
Walking On Cars
Walking On Cars are most definitely the hottest new band in the country right now. Their rise has been rapid having sold out in advance their debut Waterford show at the 200 capacity Shortt’s Venue last December, followed by another sell out at the 700 capacity Crystal venue in February. Their next gig here is a South East exclusive for the summer when they play as support to the Kaiser Chiefs on Daytripper’s main stage on Friday, 4 July.Walking On Cars took their initial baby steps in 2010 and by the end of that summer, the band played their first gig in a youth café in their windswept hometown of Dingle, County Kerry. Within 2 years the band had gained national prominence by winning the Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012 competition and through extensive radio play of their infectiously melodic debut single, Catch Me If You Can, which stayed in the Irish Charts for over 20 weeks. The song also went to No.1 in the iTunes chart, while YouTube views for it are currently over 380,000!
The band’s second single, Two Stones, reached no.12 in the Irish charts, with YouTube views heading for 500,000 and most recent release ‘Tick Tock’ was another big chart success. They have just been taken on by legendary UK band manager, Jazz Summers, and the next few months will see the band take time off to write a batch of new songs that will surface on their debut album, which is due for release in 2014. Focused, diligent, fast on their feet (the band name didn’t appear out of thin air, you know), and eager to prove to all and sundry that what they have is world class, Walking On Cars used to be waiting in the wings but their time for centre stage is fast approaching.
Famed for their brilliantly energetic live performances, Hermitage Green are set to perform their debut Waterford show opening the main stage at Daytripper on Friday, 4 July. This follows a string of sold out shows recently around the country, including The Set Theatre in Kilkenny, Dolans in Limerick and Whelans in Dublin where they recorded their debut, independentlyreleased album ‘Live At Whelans’ which is out now.
The five-piece Hermitage Green formed in July 2010 in what started out as a spontaneous jam session between friends and soon developed into a strong acoustic outfit with an original sound for which the band have credited their contrasting musical tastes. The band released their debut EP, ‘The Gathering’ in September 2012, rocketing straight to number 1 in the iTunes chart. The band followed this success with tours of France, the UK, the Middle East, South Africa and the US. Their sold-out extensive Australian tour featured many highlights, including playing Sydney Harbour on Australia Day. Hermitage Green have a very special and unique live sound driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro meolodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies.
Their Electric Picnic performance in 2013, to a delighted 7000 capacity Electric Arena tent, capped a busy summer of festivals. Hermitage Green also enjoyed a weekly residency on the popular RTÉTV sports show, Second Captains last Autumn. The album ‘Live At Whelans’ was recorded at their sold out shows in Whelans last October with eclectically accomplished musician and studio virtuoso Joe Chester (Ryan Sheridan, Mundy, Gemma Hayes, The Coronas) producing.