Kaiser Chiefs

Formed 2003.
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Kaiser Chiefs are an English indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that same year. Since their formation the band consists of lead vocalist Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew "Whitey" White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick "Peanut" Baines and since 2013 drummer Vijay Mistry, who replaced founding drummer Nick Hodgson who left the band in late 2012.

Primarily inspired by new wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s, the band have released five original studio albums: Employment (2005), Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), Off with Their Heads (2008), The Future Is Medieval (2011) and Education, Education, Education & War (2014), one EP Lap of Honour (2005), one compilation album Souvenir: The Singles 2004–2012 (2012) and numerous singles, including the number one hit song "Ruby".

Their album Employment enjoyed critical and commercial success with over three million copies sold. It has won the band three Brit Awards, including the award for Best British Group, a NME award for Best Album, and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Future Is Medieval

    The Future Is Medieval 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    When is an album not an album? When it looks like this...
  2. Review of Off With Their Heads

    Off With Their Heads 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    While they're here let's just enjoy some great pop, eh?
  3. Review of Yours Truly Angry Mob

    Yours Truly Angry Mob 2007

    Reviewed by Jerome Blakeney
    'Yours Truly Angry Mob' is going to rule the world. Well, for the next couple of...
  4. Review of Employment

    Employment 2005

    Reviewed by Shalinee Singh
    The swirling melodies, soaring vocals and scintillating lyrics blend together to...
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