Kaiser Chiefs ditch trademark sound on new album

It's a 'woaaah' free affair

Kaiser Chiefs have ditched one of their major trademarks for their second album – there will be no ‘woaaahs’.

The band’s 2005 debut ’Employment’ features a number of songs with ‘woaaahs’, most memorably on the smash hits ‘I Predict A Riot’ and ‘Oh My God’. But the band told NME that as they prepare to record the follow-up, their party piece has been ditched.

Singer Ricky Wilson said: “No ‘woaaahs’! None of that. To be honest one or two times it’s been quite tempting!

He added: “It wasn’t deliberate on the last album, it was just when we write songs before we’ve written the words, me and (Nick Hodgson, drummer) will do demos and just make noises. When there was a bit that we didn’t know what noise to make that was the sound we made.

“To be honest I think the ‘woaaahs’ partly came from when the rest of the band were doing the build ups before the chorus I just didn’t want to stand there looking like a dickhead! I wanted something to do.”

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