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Kaiser Chiefs Parachute Review

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After a year off, cult indie rock band the Kaiser Chiefs are back with a new single, new sound and new album.
The track, Parachute, is a dance ballad with a pop edge which is unlike anything the Kaiser Chiefs have ever released before and is certainly a U-turn from their politically charged 2014 number one album, Education, Education, Education & War. In some respects, it reminds me of the most recent Take That single, Hey Boy, in the way they have tried to change their sound to cater for the masses and try to evolve their sound from indie rock to somewhere between rock and pop.

The lyrics to Parachute are heart wrenching and brutally honest, making me wonder if the song is about lead singer Ricky Wilson’s break up with long term girlfriend Lesley Williams last year. For a band who said they didn’t write love songs, lyrics like ‘You’re the core of what I need’ and ‘Nowhere is home unless we live in the same place’ it’s almost clear that they may be bending the truth slightly.
It’s clear to see that the band are catering for the masses, especially with their appearance at pop-mega fest V Festival in August. The sound of their last few singles, such as Coming Home and My Life are completely different to cult classics Ruby and I Predict A Riot, mainly due to the departure of drummer, backing vocalist and lead songwriter writer Nick Hodgson in 2012. It’s clear that since Hodgson’s departure, the band have been trying to branch out and find a new sound, partially influenced by Ricky's job on The Voice UK from 2014-16.


However, the one off single Falling Awake is the clear stepping stone between Education, Education, Education & War and Stay Together, making a steady flow between the two different albums. But sadly, Parachute hasn’t gone down well with all long term Kaiser Chiefs fans, with most of the comments on the songs YouTube video being extremely negative. But times are changing and so is music, so the chances are that the band are going to try and filter some of the ‘new’ genres into Stay Together in order to continue their string of number one albums, something that not everyone will be completely happy with, however I’m sure that the other singles from the album, We Stay Together and Hole In My Soul, will be big hits with fans. But I really love Parachute and know that hundreds of other long term fans feel just the same.

The music video for Parachute and the single will be released on the 14th June, just in time for their UK tour dates.

The second single, Hole In My Soul, will be released in August and the new album, Stay Together, is available for pre-order from the 14th June and will be released on October 7th.