George Ward
George Ward

Freelance journalist based in Bristol. Can be found at the Grain Barge, Rough Trade or in his tiny basement bedroom writing for CLUNK.

Kaiser Chiefs return once more with a fun disco-pop banger, ahead of a huge UK tour and a new album

Kaiser Chiefs have been indie favourites since their debut albumEmployment’ which released 17 years ago. Impressively the band are still selling out shows to this day. In fact, the band are currently in the middle of a UK arena tour, proving that people are still listening to what they have to say. At this point in their career Kaiser Chiefs can do whatever they want. 

And as we can see from this new single, this is to make indie-pop bangers with a carefree feel and a funky disco sound. The band know that this isn’t necessarily what we have come to expect from them but as long as we’re having fun with it, they don’t seem to mind: “I hope to hear it at weddings, on the radio, and in the last remaining indie discos across the land.”

The track is held together by a funky beat and playful bassline, on top of which a fun synth riff bounce about. Ricky Wilson takes his place as pop frontman and his vocals have all the confidence you would expect from a band this successful. The lyrics are simple and fun, encouraging you to let go of your worries for a bit of pop infused dancing: “I put away anxiety, I just stopped thinking about it”.

As Wilson tells the listener, “Tonight I’m gonna teach you how to dance”, it’s clear that Kaiser Chiefs aren’t taking themselves particularly seriously. They set out with a goal to create a catchy disco-pop tune and at this they have definitely succeeded. 

Watch/listen to ‘How 2 Dance’ here:

Catch Kaiser Chiefs at the following:

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool – 10th November

OVO Hydro, Glasgow – 11th November

First Direct Arena, Leeds – 12th November

Centre, Brighton – 14th November

Pavilions, Plymouth – 15th November

International Centre, Bournemouth – 17th November

Utilita Arena, Birmingham – 18th November

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – 19th November