Kaiser Chiefs' Duck: What You Need To Know
Leeds-born indie survivors Kaiser Chiefs made a name for themselves with a string of hits in the mid-to-late 2000s, many of which were rabble-rousing rockers like 'I Predict a Riot' and 'Every Day I Love You Less and Less'. However, their last outing, 2016's Stay Together, saw them experimenting with a more dance-orientated sound, recruiting Xenomania's Brian Higgins – the man responsible for pop bangers by the likes of Pet Shop Boys and Girls Aloud – to produce the album.
This week they're back with their seventh full-length offering, Duck, which sees them return – at least partially - to more familiar territory. The new album makes its arrival in stores today, here's everything you need to know...
A little background...
Having excised their pop demons a little on Stay Together, the band began work on the new album last year and kicked off 2019 with a UK tour which took in shows at Brixton Academy and a homecoming gig at Elland Road, home of the band's beloved Leeds United.
The announcement of a new album cam in May this year, along with the new LP's lead single 'Record Collection' – not to be confused with the Mark Ronson hit of the same name co-written by the band's erstwhile drummer Nick Hodgson.
Who's producing it?
The band have reunited with Ben H. Allen for the new album, having previously worked with the producer on their 2014 album Education, Education, Education & War. Allen's previous credits include production work for the likes of Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective and Cut Copy.
Any special guests?
Nope, it's just the band themselves here.
What does it sound like?
Whether it was down to the departure of the band's drummer and founding member Hodgson or Ricky Wilson's three-year stint as a judge on talent show The Voice, Kaiser Chiefs' last album was certainly a more pop-sounding affair than we're used to from the Leeds indie rockers, but Duck feels more like a blend of that more poppy approach and the anthemic indie rock of their earlier work.
Songs like 'Electric Heart' and 'Don't Just Stand There Do Something' sound more like the Kaiser Chiefs of old, but there's certainly a very pop-centric feel to others such as lead single 'Record Collection'. If there's one track that really sums up the new album it's probably the LP's opening salvo 'People Know How To Love One Another', which sounds like a halfway point between the two contrasting styles.
Does it deliver?
If you're a longtime fan of the band and were left scratching your head a little bit at the pop-filled bounty unveiled on Stay Together, then you may well find that the songs on Duck are a little more up your street than those on their previous LP. Kaiser Chiefs aren't reinventing any wheels here, but for the most part, they're back to doing what they do best on the new album.