In 2016, Kaiser Chiefs are a completely different beast. Bursting onto the scene over a decade ago with a mix of dark humour and gigantic indie-rock choruses, they quickly found themselves climbing festival bills and packing arenas. Now the band still command the same huge crowds – but in order to keep things fresh, they’re experimenting with a new pop sound.
When the Leeds group stopped by NME’s basement studios, we saw the best of both – with performances of new song ‘Hole In My Soul’ from album ‘Stay Together’ and first album hit ‘I Predict A Riot’. Both are undeniable bangers – albeit with a slightly diverse vibe.
On ‘Hole In My Soul’, we witness the band at their most tender (‘There’s a hole in my soul that can only be filled by you’) and melodically creative, as Ricky Wilson’s soaring vocals is complimented with a gentle acoustic strum and a heavy synth bassline.
Here they also play 2004 anthem ‘I Predict A Riot’ from their debut album ‘Employment’. There’s less of the synth on this one, though. Instead the roaring guitars continue to build and the chorus remains massive, but on this occasion remarkably restrained.
The band may sound slightly different, but as these videos showcase, their ethos remains the same.