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Kaiser Chiefs Biography


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Birth Place: Leeds, England, United Kingdom
Years Active: 1996 - 2003 (As Parva) 2003 - Present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Post-punk Revival, New Wave


Kaiser Chiefs are an indie rock band from England, who formed in Leeds in 1996. The band's debut album, “Employment” was released in 2005 and showcased a new wave/punk rock influence that was typical of the late 1970s and 1980s musical climate in England. The album was warmly received and the band amassed international success selling over three million copies. In 2005, the album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. The band came together when Nick Hodgson, Nick Baines and Simon Rix met at St. Catholic High School, in Menston, Leeds when the trio was eleven years old. Instantly connected by their love of music the trio vowed to form a band as soon as they left school.

After they had all graduated from high school, Rix and Baines left to attend college, leaving Hodgson to form a band. Hodgson went on to meet Andrew White and Ricky Wilson, whom he formed the band, Runston Parva with. The trio failed to impress record labels and upon Rix and Baines graduation from university the band reformed with all five members now calling themselves, Parva. The band went on to secure a record deal with Beggars Banquet, an offshoot of the Mantra label, and released their debut album. However, shortly thereafter their label closed down and the band was dropped. The band re-grouped, changed their name to Kaiser Chiefs and was signed to B-Unique Records. The label sent the band on tour instantly to get their music out to wider audiences and signed them up to be involved with the NME Awards show.

After the huge success of their debut album in 2005 the band swept the BRIT Awards in 2006, winning 'Best British Band,' 'Best Rock Act' and 'Best New Artist.' Kaiser Chiefs' second album, “Yours Truly, Angry Mob” appeared in 2007, and yielded the #1 hit sing, “Ruby” in the U.K. The band's third offering, “Off with Their Heads” arrived in 2008 followed by a U.K. tour and a three-year hiatus. The band resurfaced with the release of “The Future Is Medieval” in 2011 and the formation of their own record label, Chewing Gum Records. The band embarked on a U.K. and North American tour in 2012 and released the album, “Start The Revolution Without Me.”