The Kaiser Chiefs started in Leeds when school friends Nick Hodgson, Simon Rix and Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines began to play together.They were later joined by Andrew Whitey White and Ricky Wilson,
The Kaiser Chiefs’ (named after the South African football club where Leeds Utd, the band’s beloved team, bought their captain) influences include The Beach Boys, Super Furry Animals, The Kinks, XTC, Beta Band, Blur, Supergrass, 10CC, Small Faces, Dexys Midnight Runners and Madness.
After a string of successful singles and albums the kaiser chiefs were getting bigger.In July 2005 they were chosen to open Bob Geldoff’s Live-8 festival in Philadelphia, their performance was broadcast by satellite to every Live-8 venue around the world, giving the band massive world-wide exposure.
The band then opened the 2006 Brit Awards, where they won three of the five categories they were nominated in, impressively beating bands such as Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, Oasis to win ‘Best British Group’, ‘Best British Rock Act’ and ‘Best British Live Act’.
When the band formed their original aim was merely to get an early slot at the Leeds Festival. Who could have predicted that they would achieve so much in just over two years? The band are currently back in the UK recording their next album.