I want to start off by saying that I have a soft spot for British rock. Maybe it’s the accent that gets me, but I fall for it hook, line, and sinker. It is also possible that it’s just Emma Watson that gets me, but that’s a different story entirely. An English band that is surprisingly underappreciated in the U.S. is the Kaiser Chiefs, which is comprised of five members from Leeds.
The Kaiser Chiefs have released three albums so far, (“Employment”, “Yours Truly, Angry Mob”, and “Off with Their Heads”) and each album has climbed to either the first or second spot on the U.K. charts. They have, however, not had the same success in the U.S., which hurts me personally because I have two of their songs (I Predict a Riot and Ruby) on my iTunes 25 most played songs. It is not an easy feat for European bands to bridge the gap across the Atlantic Ocean. The Arctic Monkeys, for example, have fared better than the Chiefs, but even the Arctic Monkeys deserve more recognition in the U.S., and I am not even going to start talking about the respect that Muse deserves because in my head (very much intended) they are the best modern day band.
The Kaiser Chiefs integrate an electronic aspect into their music which works beautifully with their brand of guitar riffs, but what I find most interesting is that they have two lead vocalists. This creates a very unique blending effect for all of their lyrics. All three of their albums are filled with songs that have catchy beats, lyrics, and guitar solos like: Ruby, I Predict a Riot, Everything is Average Nowadays, Everyday I love you less and less, and Never miss a Beat… honestly, the majority of their songs are good. You will not be disappointed by the Kaiser Chiefs, you may even go on to buy all three of their albums, as I have while writing this post.