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Kaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that same year. Since their formation the band consists of lead vocalist Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew "Whitey" White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick "Peanut" Baines and since 2013 drummer Vijay Mistry, who replaced founding drummer Nick Hodgson who left the band in late 2012.

Primarily inspired by new wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s, the band have released five original studio albums: Employment (2005), Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), Off with Their Heads (2008), The Future Is Medieval (2011) and Education, Education, Education & War (2014), one EP Lap of Honour (2005), one compilation album Souvenir: The Singles 2004-2012 (2012) and numerous singles, including the number one hit song "Ruby".

Their album Employment enjoyed critical and commercial success with over three million copies sold. It has won the band three Brit Awards, including the award for Best British Group, a NME award for Best Album, and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.

Their UK hit singles include 2004 and 2005 number 9 hit "I Predict A Riot", 2007 UK number 1 hit "Ruby", which has sold over 461,000 copies, from their platinum album "Yours Truly, Angry Mob" plus a further two Top 20 singles in 2007 with "The Angry Mob" and "Everything Is Average Nowadays". In 2008, they had a UK number 5 hit with the Post-Punk Revival track "Never Miss a Beat". In total the band has sold over 1.1 million singles combined up to their 5th album. Their latest top 40 single, "Coming Home" hit number 31 in 2014. Their album Education, Education, Education & War hit number 1 in the albums chart also in 2014.

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Kaiser Chiefs open Glastonbury 2014 with 'secret' 11am set

Kaiser Chiefs open Glastonbury 2014 with 'secret' 11am set

Plus appearances from Blondie and The War On Drugs

  • Jun 27, 2014

Kaiser Chiefs revealed as secret 11am guests opening Glastonbury's Other Stage tomorrow (June 27)

The band will close the John Peel Stage the same day

  • Jun 26, 2014

Kaiser Chiefs to head up MTV Crashes Plymouth gig in July

More bands are to be announced for the show on July 15

  • May 16, 2014

Ricky Wilson injured on set of new Kaiser Chiefs video

The band were filming the promo for 'Meanwhile Up In Heaven' when the 'minor incident' took place

  • May 13, 2014

Ricky Wilson says there is 'no good reason' for him to return to 'The Voice' – watch

Kaiser Chiefs frontman nixes the possibility of coming back to BBC1 show

  • May 13, 2014

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Kaiser Chiefs Music Videos

Meanwhile Up In Heaven Play Video

Meanwhile Up In Heaven

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Meanwhile Up In Heaven

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Meanwhile Up In Heaven

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Coming Home (Lyrics)

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Coming Home

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Kaiser Chiefs Reviews

Kaiser Chiefs - 'Education, Education, Education & War'

Kaiser Chiefs - 'Education, Education, Education & War'

The Leeds band try their best to continue without Nick Hodgson but all is not right on their fifth album

  • Mar 28, 2014

Album Review: Kaiser Chiefs - 'The Future Is Medieval'

Forget all the ‘industry-saving’ fuss, this fourth album is actually a sort of return to form, you know

  • Jun 28, 2011

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Off With Their Heads

  • Oct 10, 2008

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Never Miss A Beat

  • Sep 17, 2008

Kaiser Chiefs; Evening News Arena, Manchester, Saturday December 1

Ricky and the boys’ biggest ever gig causes pandemonium. Obviously

  • Jan 15, 2008

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