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Monday, April 06, 2009
Kaiser Chiefs Have No Time For Abrasive Gallagher
No time for 'the bitter old man'
Kaiser Chiefs can't be bothered by Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher's slagging
CALL it an unwelcome coincidence. Tomorrow, Kaiser Chiefs will play its first gig in Singapore, following last night's concert by fellow British band Oasis.
But don't count on them to high five and get all chummy with one another.
There's not a chance of that happening, said guitarist Andrew 'Whitey' White, 34, to The New Paper over the phone from the band's hometown in Leeds.
'We have no time for him at all,' White said curtly. The 'him' refers to Noel Gallagher, Oasis' abrasive, outspoken lead guitarist.
'Music is an art, but unfortunately, he doesn't appreciate music for what it is.'
White was responding to Gallagher's remarks about his band.
In an interview last year on BBC programme Newsbeat, Gallagher shot his mouth off and blurted, 'The Monkees haven't split up, they're just going under the name of the Kaiser Chiefs.'
The Monkees are a pop-singing quartet formed in the 1960s, known for its cheery, sing-a-long tunes.
To make things worse, it's not the first time Oasis slammed Kaiser Chiefs in public.
In 2005, in an interview with popular music magazine NME, Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher called the band 'a bad Blur' - in reference to acclaimed alternative rockers and former chart rivals Blur.
According to White, he used to 'really respect the Gallagher brothers as musicians'.
However, in light of the recent name-calling, he called the whole episode 'nasty'.
'He (Noel Gallagher) started it out of the blue and it's really unfair, because we haven't said anything at all,' said White. 'It just shows what a bitter old man he has become.'
Music lovers were charmed with Kaiser Chief's unpretentious, fun blend of punk, disco and funk, a throwback to the new wave movement of the 1970s.
The band's second studio album, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, released in 2007, gave the guys further accolades - their first UK No1 single Ruby, as well as a No1 standing on the UK album charts.
However, following Kaiser Chiefs' latest offering, Off With Their Heads, the five lads from Leeds have been making headlines for the wrong reasons.
It was reported earlier in UK tabloid Daily Star, that it was 'planning to go on a hiatus' because the band members were 'disappointed by the poor performance of their new single, as well as the album'.
White scoffed at the claims.
'It's funny how one particular publication spins a story, and all the other media promptly pick it up. Our new album's doing amazingly well...'
He has the statistics to back him up - Off With Their Heads peaked at No2 on the UK album charts.
Putting negative news aside, the band is looking forward to its upcoming gig in Singapore, said White.
'We are a fantastic live band and it's going to be one of the best rock 'n' roll shows you'd ever experience,' he promised, sounding robust with confidence.
via L4e / The Electric New Paper, Singapore
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