are an English indie rock band from Leeds, formed early in
1997 under the moniker Parva. After reinventing
themselves as the Kaiser Chiefs in 2003 the band made a
strong impact on the British music scene, culminating in
winning three Brit Awards for 'Best Group', 'Best British
Rock Act' and 'Best Live Act' in 2006.
to 2003 the members of the band had been a garage rock group
called Parva (before that having been known as
Runston Parva). However, after being dropped by their
label, the band went back to their roots and adopted a more
indie sound, helping the band reach their current popularity
within the UK and beyond. Singer Ricky's first band was
called The Laddercoins and was a progressional funk band
that he formed with at the age of 16. His other bandmates
James Pepper (lead guitar), James Wood (Bass) and Anthony
Dean (Rhythm Guitar) reformed the band in 2006 to much
of the band are ardent fans of the English football team
Leeds United. The band was named after the South African
Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, the former team of long-serving
former Leeds captain Lucas Radebe.
February, 2005 the Kaiser Chiefs were the opening act at the
NME Awards show and won the Philip Hall Radar Award.
debut single, 'Oh My God' was released on Drowned In Sound
Records in May 2004. It sold out within three days of going
on release and charted at #66 on the UK Singles Charts.
recording of 'Oh My God' was released on 21 February, which
charted at #6. The debut album Employment was
released on 7 March 2005 and entered the charts at #3 that
week. Despite becoming favourite after being shortlisted,
the album failed to win the 2005 Mercury Music Prize.
release, entitled Enjoyment, was released in November
2005. The basis of the DVD is a (semi-false) documentary
about the band narrated by Bill Nighy. It also includes all
the promo videos, live performances and more.
internet-only (so far) music video for their song "Sink that
Ship" has been released in September 2005. The video appears
on Electronic Arts' website as a promotional tool for their
game Burnout Revenge but is completely unbranded.
auctioned off his red tambourine to radio show Xfm in late
2005 to raise money for the homeless charity Shelter. The
winning bid was £375.00. He is now auctioning his boots on
Ricky Wilson - lead vocals, tambourine, cow bell
Andrew 'Whitey' White - guitar
Simon Rix - bass
Nick Hodgson - drums, backing vocals
Nick 'Peanut' Baines - keyboards
Chiefs' first big festival show was at the dual-site Reading
and Leeds Festival on 27 August2004 and in the following
year, on 16 May 2005, they appeared at the Pinkpop Festival
After that, things went fast. They were the opening act at
the Philadelphia Live 8 concert on 2 July 2005, one of only
two British acts in the lineup (Def Leppard being the
other). They performed "I Predict a Riot", "Everyday I Love
You Less and Less" and "Oh My God".
2005 saw them headline at the May Ball at
before an acclaimed appearance at a rainsoaked Glastonbury
Festival during the same month, whilst August's appearance
at the V Festival featured a very enthusiastic set despite
Ricky Wilson having his leg in plaster. Also more recently
they embarked on their own headline UK Tour, supported by
Maximo Park and The Cribs. Their first US tour (with The
Cribs) ran through the summer of 2005, and they followed it
by playing a few shows on the Foozer tour. This was followed
up by opening for Foo Fighters during their Australian tour
in December 2005. They also played to Jools Holland and his
audience on December 31, 2005.
will be a year with not too many performances, as the band
starts to record their new album in August. March 1, the
band played their biggest concert ever, in the Heineken
Music Hall in Amsterdam, Holland, performing for a more than
5.500 crowd. This show was a part of their
Europe tour in February and March. In April there will be
several shows in the
followed by a few festivals in June and July, like Pinkpop,
Rock Am Ring and Rock Werchter, and notably they again
performed at the Carling Weekends in Reading and Leeds,
taking another opportunity to perform in their home town.
Late 2006 they will do a little clubtour in Europe, hitting
France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain,
Denmark and Greece. At this tour Kaiser Chiefs will perform
new songs of the upcoming album.
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