Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs were a long way from home last night. They were in New York at the Ed Sullivan Theater visiting David Letterman for a performance of "On The Run" for the masses watching at home. Here in the UK, Kaiser Chiefs were one of the biggest bands in the country. Note the past tense, it was when they released there sophomore album and they were in turn headlining Festivals and stadiums around the country. After a rather long hiatus and break they returned last year with with their album The Future Is Medieval which has now been renamed Start The Revolution Without Me and re-released Stateside just last month. An energetic performance of their new track from the re-packaged album, "On The Run", can be enjoyed at the top of the page via The Audio Perv.
We've heard some nice tracks in the past during Triple J's Like A Version and Kaiser Chiefs recently stepped in to the studio and put down a track we touched on just last week. I'm talking about Mark Ronson's "Record Collection". After news came of Mark re-releasing the track with a bunch of new collaborators, the cover may have been an easier choice than you first thought though as drummer Nick Hodgson helped write the song. He even has a little joke about it on the show. None the less it was a pretty entertaining cover and you can re-live their take on it below right here on SKoA. Hit play and enjoy the track.
Kaiser Chiefs burst back onto the scene just a month ago when out of the blue they released not just their single "Little Shocks" without any prior advertisement but they released a build your own concept album of which fans picked their favourite 10 from 20 tracks, and purchased it. After performing with The Killers just a few days before at Hard Rock Calling, the band played a set full of new tracks at this years Glastonbury Festival on Sunday Evening. As well as some new material they obviously played some fan favourites as well, and Ricky seemed to enjoy himself as per usual. Check it out at the top to see them strutting their stuff.
Last night the Kaiser Chiefs paid a visit to Zane Lowe on Radio One to put in a few live versions of tracks from their latest release. You remember the one, the album which you could build yourself, pick each track, their order and the album art, the name though, they chose that. The Future is Medieval. Yes, them. Well they were at Maida Vale to put in a rendition of "Little Shocks", the lead single from the album. You can enjoy that up at the top while over on the BBC site you can also enjoy them performing "Kinda Girl You Are".
If you're yet to cop their new album head on over to their website and create your own. You know you're more than a little intrigued now!
Called it! "No official word of when the band will release the album, but with all these bands surprising fans left, right and centre it could be tomorrow?" Boom. I knew something strange was a foot with Kaiser Chiefs and today we get confirmation. The band has released two previously unheard tracks this week and in a shocking climax are offering up fans their very own choice of songs for their surprise new album The Future is Medieval, which they released today with just the two teasers as promo. Ballsy. We The weird thing about the release is, fans can build their own version. You read that correctly by the way, they've just gone all out crazy for this one.
If you head over to the band’s website there are 20 new tracks for you to enjoy. You pick the have to pick 50% of them, so the favourite 10 you want on your copy of the album and then arrange as you wish. Design your own album cover with the help of their logos and stuff and then download it for £7.50/$12. Simple really. It seems to me like they've cut out a lot of work for themselves in the process as fans are building the covers, the track listing and the choice of songs. Cool idea but will it generate the custom? Well, if people like your album, or at least yoru version of it, they can then buy your version of the album and you make money for it! Pretty darn cool. Go take a look for yourselves.
From nowhere, yesterday a new Kaiser Chiefs video appeared online for their previously unheard track, "Little Shocks", and then today they've put up another track for download over on Going Deaf For A Living. Seriously, what is it with these crazy unannounced releases at the minute. This track is a little different yet again from the Leeds band and maybe a little darker than what we're used to from the band. For starters there's no "Wooooahhhh" action in sight. Give it a spin below and if you missed the video yesterday go check it out and come back to let us know what you think of this new sound from them. I have feeling the ball will continue to roll quickly with Kaisers over the coming months.
What is it with bands at the moment and just surprising fans with new material out of nowhere, unannounced and without warning. So inconsiderate! But what are we to do but hit play and give it a spin. Last night, the Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs uploaded a video to youtube titled "Little Shocks". If you give it a spin up at the top I can hear some Maximo Park like sounds coming from them, anyone else hearing that? The track is expected to feature on the band's as yet untitled fourth album, which they have spent the last year recording. It'll be the follow up to 2008's Off With Their Heads. No official word of when the band will release the album, but with all these bands surprising fans left, right and centre it could be tomorrow? Could be.