The largely unknown Bristish band The Kaiser Chiefs finally divulge their ages in The Guardian:
Until recently, they were coy about their ages (guitarist Andrew “Whitey” White is 30, drummer Nick Hodgson 28, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick “Peanut” Baines and singer Ricky Wilson all 27). “A&R men see human ages as dog years,” Wilson explains. “If you’re past 25, you’re dead.”
Uh-oh… we’re all in our early 60’s at Stereogum. KC also candidly, if somewhat cynically, talk about their formula for success:
There’s a common misconception that bands just chance upon their sound, and any hint of contrivance is unacceptably cynical, but most bands invent themselves. Kaiser Chiefs just couldn’t afford to fail.
“Every detail was important,” says Hodgson. “What we wore, everything.” They started off banning jeans from the band; at their first Kaiser Chiefs gig, Wilson wore a tracksuit and flat cap. “Some of the early experiments with what we wore were a bit” – a thoughtful pause – “stupid. The thing that made it was when we put a hat on Peanut’s head. What’s the difference between Parva and Kaiser Chiefs? Peanut’s got a hat on.”
Don’t forget to check out one of the many available Kaiser Chiefs ringtones. I have it set to play “Everyday I Love You Less and Less” when my mom calls.
Hear what M.I.A. hears when her mom calls here.
M.I.A. link via Ye Olde Vegan.