Fresh from headlining Groovin’ The Moo and releasing their best-of Souvenir last month, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has told NME the band have loosely begun work on their fifth album.
Wilson said each band member has written a few bits individually, but that recording and writing has been put on hold while the band does the summer festival circuit across Europe – and won’t resume until he’s finished touring with the European production of War of the Worlds.
“I always think it’s weird when bands put something out and then immediately start talking about the next thing, it sounds apologetic”, he said.
“There’s always stuff going on. There’s always hard drives, there’s always notebooks. I’ve put pen to paper, but I’ve not set foot in a studio.”
“We’ve got festivals after this and then the band have all got next Christmas off while I do War of the Worlds.”
Wilson added that the band is unlikely to go down the unconventional path of their last record The Future Is Medieval, where they allowed fans to pick 20 tracks and create their own album. However, he hasn’t ruled out some sort of other different release method.
“We wouldn’t do it again. I’d definitely do something different again. I’d like to see someone do what we did with a ‘Best Of’.”
“If it was a really established act, who had like 50 hits, I’d like to be able to go online and choose my own 15 tracks and make my own artwork. It’d need to be a really established band like U2 or Rolling Stones. But that’s what I’d do if I was them.”