If the new wave revival of the mid-00s brought back some of the arty pretension of the genre, Leeds lads Kaiser Chiefs resurrected some of the bouncy, smart-aleck fun of progenitors like Nick Lowe and Ian Dury. On chant-along songs like the transatlantic hit I Predict A Riot and Every Day I Love You Less And Less the quintet match funny, observant lyrics with super-catchy tunes. The band's musical camaraderie comes naturally, considering that three-fifths of the band (Rix, Hodgson, and Baines) went to elementary school together, and all five had been in a previous ensemble together - Parva, signed to the defunct Mantra Records label. After finding themselves without a record company, the band retooled their sound to be leaner, punkier, changed their name, and wound up on London-based label B-Unique Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. Their 2005 debut was an immediate smash in the UK and Europe, going multi-platinum in the UK and earning a Mercury Prize nomination. The album did almost as well in the USA, garnering stellar reviews. Follow-up albums were not as enthusiastically received, but showed an increasing complexity and sophistication in songwriting and arrangements.
Influenced By: Primal Scream, The Jam, Blur, Radiohead, Wire
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