Here’s an excerpt from the Kaiser Chiefs feature that appears in Sentimentalist Magazine issue 24. For the full text, check out the back issue. Enjoy!

When I sat down with the Kaiser Chiefs two years ago for one of their first US interviews, they were just breaking the UK and inking a deal in America. Since having toured and conquered the globe, it was refreshing to see that these lads from Leeds haven’t let the fame swell their heads. Sentimentalist got cozy with the Kaisers on a cold winter’s day to discuss Yours Truly, Angry Mob. The conversation sparked, and our chat bounced everywhere from The Beatles to Nick Hodgson’s confusion with American bathroom stalls. Frontman Ricky Wilson exuded showmanship from the moment he dashed into the studio, the rest of the band scuttling about cracking jokes, and indeed, living up to their lively reputations.

How was last night, deejaying at the Loaded party at Lotus?
Nick: We turned up and it was weird, and we really didn’t know what it was all about and we were really tired. We actually deejayed and it was pretty good though. We played everything from Nirvana to Grand Funk Railroad.
Ricky: The interesting thing is that a few years ago, that probably would have seemed, in writing, as a very exciting thing for me to do. To go to a party in New York where the Franz Ferdinands are and to hang out with loads of New Yorkers…
Nick: But he fell asleep on his coat. We were tired!
Whitey: If it was the only thing we had to do that day, we would have been a lot more energetic.

When your band broke out, there was nothing like you guys. Then a lot of bands starting coming along, trying to go for that sound… With your new record, I feel like you’ve renewed yourselves again.
Nick: It’s interesting because I’ve done other interviews in America, and they’ve said exactly what you did, how we are evolving and they can see the difference. Then I did interviews with Japan and they said ‘it’s a lot more pop than the first album,’ and I think that’s weird because to me, it really doesn’t sound it and that’s not what we wanted.

I read that you worked on this back home; you felt comfortable and didn’t try to change those things that fame could have interfered with.
Nick: It’s what it was, it’s what it is, and it’s what it will be.

What are you looking forward to most?
Nick: Live-wise, some of the songs that will be crowd-pleasers. You can’t get a mosh pit with songs people have never heard. Playing bits from the new album, and seeing the crowd react is what I’m looking forward to. Now I have a question for you. In America, the bathrooms/toilets/restrooms, whatever you call it… why are the gaps between the door and wall so big? When you sit down on the toilet, you can see people!
Simon: Why isn’t there a proper door?
Nick: I’ve been on toilets in America, and people come in to see if the stalls are taken. Then they get to yours, and I have eye contact with them through the gap between the door and the frame! The last thing I want to do is get eye contact with a stranger with a beard! I went to the toilet here, and there’s an inch between the toilet and the wall! [laughing] Everything is bigger in America, there’s more space! The gaps are bigger!
Nick: In England, you get proper fitting doors where the frames meet the wall!

This is clearly something that bothers you!
Nick: Yeah!

Check out Sentimentalist’s coverage of the Kaisers’ gig at Roseland Ballroom in April 2007 here.

–Andrea D’Alessandro, Photos by Tear-n Tan