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They have recorded 22 tracks

The Kaiser Chiefs have spent the last six weeks recording the follow up to 2005’s ’Employment’.

They have been in Oxfordshire’s Hook End Studio and have recorded 22 tracks. The band hope to whittle it down to 13 or 14 songs for the as-yet-untitled album.

Drummer Nick Hodgson told Billboard: “We are full of inspiration. It’s a big world out there. There’s a lot of things to draw upon. Just like that album was written about what was happening then, this one’s written about what’s happening now.”

Hodgson discussed new song ’Heat Dies Down’ saying: “Last Christmas we went to this big party and it was weird because it was the first time we’d been back in Leeds. Loads of attention was being thrown upon us, especially (frontman) Ricky (Wilson). (He) couldn’t really operate in a normal way.

“There were loads of girls and boys going up to him saying ‘Oh! I saw you here/ there’. I think you’re really good.’ Blah, blah. So when the heat dies down, we’ll be back in town.”

The band have also recorded ’Highroyds’, ’Angry Mob’, ’Try Your Best’, ’Everything Is Average Nowadays’, ’Love’s Not A Competition (But I’m Winning)’.

Hodgson also said the band were looking to rock legends for inspiration on how to break America.

He said: “We were looking at some sales figures of Led Zeppelin. The first one did 8 million in the US alone. The fourth? 23 million! So we’re like ‘Yeah! It’d be great to do that, wouldn’t it? It’d be great to play massive gigs in America.’

“Hold on a minute! We’ve got to sell a hundred million records. If we keep making ’em and you keep buying ’em then we’ll get there.”