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Albums Of The Week: Kaiser Chiefs | Kaiser Chiefs’ Easy Eighth Album

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Almost two decades in the game, and armed with an extensive back catalogue of stadium belters and record-breaking success, Kaiser Chiefs return with their new album, the aptly titled Kaiser Chiefs’ Easy Eighth Album.

Produced by Amir Amor (Rudimental), the album sees the Kaiser Chiefs return with a fresh, bold sound. From the Nile Rodgers co-write of Feeling Alright to the frantic Beautiful Girl, the horn-laden throwback Job Centre Shuffle and the joyous gut-punch of Jealousy, these 10 tracks are a statement of intent from a band that continue to deliver the goods again and again.

Where 2019’s Duck straddled the tide between Northern Soul euphoria and early ’00s antithesis, 2024 will see Kaiser Chiefs stepping into a renewed spotlight; a hook-heightened universe in which frontman Ricky Wilson, Andrew “Whitey” White (guitar), Simon Rix (bass), keyboardist Peanut and Vijay Mistry on drums, come together to once again create what they craft best; breakthrough belters for the world’s dance floor.

Photo by Danny North.

Formed in Leeds in 2000, Kaiser Chiefs are one of the leading bands of their generation. Their studio albums include their Mercury-nominated debut Employment, which sold over 2 million copies; its No. 1 followup Yours Truly, Angry Mob, which went twice-platinum in the U.K. alone; and Education Education Education and War which entered the U.K. Album Charts at No. 1.

The band have scored a string of anthemic hits such as Oh My God, I Predict A Riot, Everyday I Love You Less and Less, Never Miss A Beat and Hole In My Soul. They have won three Brit Awards, an Ivor Novello award for Album of the Year, toured with U2, Foo Fighters and Green Day.

“We might never get to the point where we can sit in an armchair with our arms behind our heads and go ‘Lads, we’ve done it,’ ” Wilson says. “But at the same time, maybe that’s why, years later, Kaiser Chiefs are still here.”