Kaiser Chiefs Are Not On Hiatus
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Misquotes and media beat-ups are an all too common occurrence when it comes to the British tabloids and the music industry. Kaiser Chiefs know this all too well. The day before my interview with guitarist Andrew 'Whitey' White, his band was the target of several UK publications claiming they were taking a break after being "gutted" with the supposed commercial 'failure' of their latest single, 'Good Days Bad Days'.
"I didn't realise it'd be such a big thing, really," states White. "We're gonna take a break after summer; it's gonna be when everyone else takes a break as well. We've been touring constantly for five years I mean every single year we've toured and no other band in the world has done that. Not Oasis, not U2, not Foo Fighters; no one has done five years of a full festival circuit. So we figured we deserved a break, really. Live a bit, maybe write some new material but ultimately, we were just gonna take a break and relax for a bit. Not a big deal you know, just taking a break."
That the Kaiser Chiefs need to take a break after this tour is no surprise considering they've released three albums in four years. Their latest effort, 'Off With Their Heads', was written and recorded during what was actually meant to be that well-deserved break. The five-piece, however, remains pleased with their decision to release 'Off With Their Heads' in October of last year.
"What we wanted this third album to be was a bit different, you know," White explains. "I think if it was gonna be compared to any of our other albums it'd be the first, but I don't think it's similar at all really - I understand that it's a bit different. It's a bit more upbeat, which is probably the change really. We kinda get bored really quickly; we kinda wanna do different things. The first album was really in your face, very upbeat, very poppy. The second album was quite 'mature', you know; more 'big' songs, quite large sounding. The third album we just wanted to be a bit more stripped down.
"I don't know what the fourth album will be like," he chuckles. "It's something we like to do, we get really bored, we kinda just want to move on and in our little way try and experiment with a few different things. Whether or not it works, we're not really that bothered. We just move on quickly, try and sort of challenge ourselves or justify being in a band you know, strive to be different that's what we want to be. So if you don't like it, at least admit that it's different from every other guitar music out there."
With their first hit single, 'I Predict A Riot', often heralded as a classic indie anthem and 'Ruby' their first UK number one single arguably their most infectious, what do Kaiser Chiefs believe makes a great indie anthem? "Oooh, I don't know actually," White ponders. "We don't knowwe come from indie roots, alternative roots we all listen to alternative music still. The song was written before we had a record deal. 'I Predict A Riot' probably sounded a bit like the Jam, not literally, but we were kinda the first band in the UK to have that renaissance of singing in your own accent. Everyone seems to do it now," he laughs, "but I think we were the first ones to do it. So just singing in your own accent, singing what you know, and I guess we were lucky, you know. We're just lucky that we've written some good songs."
The Kaiser Chiefs are also praised for being "quintessentially British, without pretension" has that come to them naturally? "I don't knowit'd be pretentious to even think that it comes naturally," White laughs. "We are, even now, just five normal blokes - well, a few normal, three normal blokesonly joking. We just pride ourselves in being nice to people and [being] normal guys. It's a shame because people expect rock stars to be a bit arse-y and we're kind of not like that. And some people are a little disappointed that we're not. We're just human beings; we just take people as we see them, and we try to help other bands. When we go on tour, we always try to choose a band that's just starting out."
By Christine Lan