Editorial: Kaiser Chiefs - Fonda Theater Publication: Independent Film Magazine
– June 5, 07
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Oh My God - Is it admirable
when localism gives way to globalism? when the
overriding sentimentality for all things familiar is surpassed by people and places you need to
get to in an airplane? Yes its more interesting,
though expensive, and the accents are sometimes weird.
The Kaiser Chiefs are weird
people with funny accents from a place called Leeds in
England , a
former mining town with some good universities. They seem a smart mob of blokes
and in all their emaciated, skinny jeans wearing, fag smoking glory.
Essentially they are yobs.
Uncultured underprivileged types, by US standards. "Losers," as is
often the term deemed to embrace those of challenged backgrounds, those denied the glories of car culture and consumerism.
Still The Kaiser Chiefs are
in a way of the moment. Offering travel deprived Angelenos an unfamiliar
romanticism, belying more depth, and appeal than the average mall spawned
dullard fed on a diet of cable TV and pampering parents.
Limey acts overall offer a
level of artistry and humor that quite
often surpass the domestic dross, and The Kaiser Chiefs offer a taste of that -
being from there and all. Funny how the name Kaiser is actually the German word
for Chief, hence this band's name is some sort of Euro speak stutter.
OK what of the music? Homage
to everyone from the Undertones, SLF, doodles of. Mott The Hoople, Kinks and some latter day quirkiness. This is Indy Rock, done well, bawdy, melodic
and well organized with all portions of the formula; in place
Ok what were the standout
songs? Oh My God, Roby, I Predict A Riot,
Angry Mob and Retirement. This is sing along straight forward stuff, nothing
artsy or Emo here, its anthemic, celebratory, buy me another beer and make
sarcastic comments about David Beckham type stuff -The band also have an
obedient crowd base who like to be told to clap their hands above their heads,
Written by Craig Stephens