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Drummer is keeping busy during band's downtime

Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson has started his own record label.

Named Chewing Gum, the label’s first signing are Hull band The Neat. According to Hodgson‘s Kaiser Chiefs bandmates Peanut and Simon Rix, the drummer is writing material for The Neat as well as producing them.

As well as revealing Hodgson‘s new venture, Peanut told the Daily Star that Kaiser Chiefs, currently on a band break, have vague plans to start work on new material later this year.

“We’re all doing our own thing for a while but will reconvene Kaiser Chiefs probably at the end of the summer,” he said.

Hodgson is understood to be looking for other new acts to sign to Chewing Gum, which he has set up with his girlfriend. Kaiser Chiefs singer (and former art teacher) Ricky Wilson is also on board, and is designing a logo for the label.