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

Kaiser Chiefs - 'Education, Education,...

Lesser bands would have called it quits if they lost a founder member, even more so if he was the one who wrote all their songs, but Kaiser Chiefs have rallied admirably on fifth album 'Education, Education, Education & War’. Initially, things...

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

Kaiser Chiefs - 'The Future Is Medieval'

If you’re going to hawk a gimmick, you better have some actual goods in the back of your van. Sure, you can strut around with fiery tits and gowns of pancetta, but the songs better be bangers or the baying mob will gleefully tear your meaty...

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Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser deriders – statistically you’re more likely to be one than ginger or over six feet tall – traditionally point to the band’s shameless success-grasping as the basis of their scorn. They note that their desire to sell as many albums...

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Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs

The Kaisers’ keen eye for social commentary always throws up a couple of truisms. Unfortunately, they tend to be truisms along the lines of ‘the grass is green’: you can’t fault them factually, but they’ve got the depth and thought of a...

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

Kaiser Chiefs; Evening News Arena, Manchester,...

Rows and rows of seats tower above us, rising into the dark like Tolkien-esque ramparts, splitting at the seams with thousands of pissed Mancunians. An army of voices are baying for the blood of any skinny-jeaned scenester within a two-mile...

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Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs

After the high-wire romantics of hit single ‘Ruby’, Earth’s grumpiest six-time platinum-sellers revert to type with a song that scrunches its nose up at the modern world in the ‘I Predict A Riot’ mould. It’s a rarified skill how this...

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Kaiser Chiefs, Roseland Ballroom, New York, Thursday April 12

Kaiser Chiefs, Roseland Ballroom, New York,...

Somewhere in New Jersey, way over on the other side of the Hudson, people are wondering what the hell sort of emergency service has a siren like thazt. A kind of high-pitched singalong sound that goes ‘Na-na-na-na-NAAAH!’ And man, it’s so...

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Kaiser Chiefs: Electric Factory, Philadelphia April 6

Kaiser Chiefs: Electric Factory, Philadelphia...

It’s probably some time since the multi-million sellers from Leeds played a venue this small. Although more accustomed to festivals and mega-stadiums these days, Ricky Wilson and the Chiefs have downsized for this NME-presented assault on the...

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Kaiser Chiefs: Yours Truly, Angry Mob

Kaiser Chiefs: Yours Truly, Angry Mob

Laydeezangennulmen, a warm hand for the ‘difficult second album’ from those lovable Yorkshire scamps, the gagmungous geezers of tramp-wanking titillation, the Five Stooges of Britpop 2… Kaiser Chiefs! Altogether now:...

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Kaiser Chiefs: Ruby

Kaiser Chiefs: Ruby

Can it really only be 18 months since Ricky Chief rode Britpop 2 to orgasm at Glasto, mounted on the back of an inflatable Brontosauraus? Sigh. Since then – having hoovered up more Ivor Novellos and NME Awards than Noel Gallagher’s cleaning...

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