Kaiser Chiefs are a British indie rock band from Leeds who formed in 2000 as Parva, releasing one studio album, 22, in 2003, before renaming and establishing themselves in their current name that same year. Since their formation the band consists of lead vocalist Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew "Whitey" White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick "Peanut" Baines and since 2013 drummer Vijay Mistry, who replaced founding drummer and co-songwriter Nick Hodgson that left the band in late 2012.
Primarily inspired by New Wave and punk rock music of the late 1970s and 1980s, the band have released four original studio albums: Employment, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, Off with Their Heads and The Future Is Medieval, one EP Lap of Honour, one compilation album Souvenir: The Singles 2004â€“2012 and numerous singles, including the number one hit song "Ruby". Their fifth studio record Education, Education, Education & War is set for release in March 2014.
Their album Employment enjoyed critical and commercial success with over three million copies sold. It has won the band three Brit Awards, including the award for Best British Group, a NME award for Best Album, and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.