Kaiser Chiefs formed up in not-so-sunny Leeds around the summer of 2003, naming themselves named after the South African football team. The band gained momentum thanks to the single 'I Predict a Riot,' which quickly electrified the British press when it was released in 2004. When Kaiser Chiefs' first 7" 'Oh My God' reached No. 66 on the U.K. charts (a startling achievement for an unsigned band), doors opened for the group to share the stage with larger acts, leading to attention from A&R scouts who wanted to sign the band. 'I Predict a Riot' reeled in U.S. modern-rock radio programmers caught in a blooming new wave revival fronted by Franz Ferdinand and Dogs Die in Hot Cars. Their debut album 'Employment' was released domestically in the U.S. in spring 2005.u000AThe Walkmen came together from the ashes of two other bands, The Recoys and Jonathan Fire*Eater. The Walkmen make a conscious attempt to evolve away from the raw, fiery garage sounds of their previous bands; incorporating piano and by experimenting with instrumentation and recording techniques.u000AThe Annuals are Adam Baker, Kenny Florence, Zack Oden, Nick Radford, Mike Robinson, and Anna Spence. These musicians are all multi-instrumentalists and all play many different sound creators on stage.
Added by klingerf on February 23, 2007