Leeds, England’s Kaiser Chiefs surprised the industry and fans this past summer when they released fourth studio album "The Future Is Medieval" via an original digital platform, allowing fans to create and sell their own versions of the album and choose from album art designed by lead singer Ricky Wilson.
Now the band is planning their US return with forthcoming release, "Start The Revolution Without Me" (Fiction/Cooperative Music/Downtown), featuring five never-before released tracks. Next year, the band will be hitting the road for a US tour (full tour dates below).
The musicians worked with producers Tony Visconti (David Bowie, Iggy Pop, T. Rex), Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne) and Owen Morris (Oasis, The Verve) and tried producing their own tracks with drummer/songwriter Nick Hodgson at the controls. Out of this came Kaiser Chiefs’ most forward thinking output to date.
First track on the album, “Little Shocks,” sets the tone for the record’s sonic electronic experimentation. U.S. single “On The Run,”(produced by Stephen Street, who also did the band’s debut album, "Employment") sees the band voicing out against the cruel opinions of modern society. Closing track, “If You Will Have Me,” is a Lennonesque orchestral ballad, a son’s message to his estranged parents. "Start The Revolution Without Me" shows a more sinister side to the band's songwriting. The lyrics and melodies are a bit darker this time around, and it's a successful shift in direction.
The band has released three albums Stateside, including "Employment," "Yours Truly, Angry Mob" and "Off With Their Heads." Kaiser Chiefs have sold over six million albums worldwide and won three Brit Awards.
Track listing for "Start The Revolution Without Me":
1. Little Shocks
2. On The Run
3. Heard It Break
4. Kinda Girl You Are
5. Starts With Nothing
6. When All Is Quiet
7. Cousin In The Bronx
8. Things Change
9. Man On Mars
10. Problem Solved
11. Can't Mind My Own Business
12. Child Of The Jago
13. If You Will Have Me
U.S. Tour Dates:
March 6 Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
March 8 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
March 9 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
March 10 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
March 12 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
March 14 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
March 20 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
March 22 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
March 23 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
March 24 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 17 Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Theatre
April 19 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues