The Future Is Medieval

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The Future Is Medieval / Start the Revolution Without Me
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Studio album by Kaiser Chiefs
Released 3 June 2011 (The Future Is Medieval)
6 March 2012 (Start the Revolution Without Me)
Recorded 2009–2011
Genre Indie rock
Length 45:13 (The Future Is Medieval)
47:22 (Start the Revolution Without Me)
Label Fiction, B-Unique, Universal Music
Producer Tony Visconti,[1] Ethan Johns
Kaiser Chiefs chronology
Off with Their Heads
(2008)Off with Their Heads2008
The Future Is Medieval / Start the Revolution Without Me
(2011 / 2012)
Souvenir: The Singles 2004–2012
(2012)Souvenir: The Singles 2004–20122012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
BBC 7/10 stars[4]
The Independent 3/5 stars[5]
Paste Magazine (7/10)[6]

The Future Is Medieval is the fourth studio album released by English rock band Kaiser Chiefs. The album was made available through the band's official website on 3 June 2011, before being released in shops on 27 June. The album was later re-issued in North America, under the new title Start the Revolution Without Me. This version of the album was released on 6 March 2012, and includes the brand new track "On the Run", plus tracks previously only available on the digital version of the album. Around the same time, a special limited edition vinyl box set was released through the band's official website in the United Kingdom, containing the entire twenty-three tracks from the digital deluxe version of the album, spread across four 10" vinyl records.[7]


Just days before the album was announced, a music video for the track "Little Shocks" was released online via the band's official website. The album's title is taken from the lyrics of the track "Child of the Jago". The album was uniquely promoted in the United Kingdom, as copies purchased from the band's website from 3 June could contain a track listing chosen by the purchaser. Each album could contain ten of any of the twenty-three tracks available on the digital deluxe version of the album, and each individual album artwork could be edited to the purchaser's design. Purchasers could also share their version of the album, and for every other buyer who chooses to purchase their version, they earn £1.

Track listing[edit]

The Future Is Medieval[edit]

All tracks written by Kaiser Chiefs.

No. Title Length
1. "Little Shocks" 3:42
2. "Things Change" 3:45
3. "Long Way from Celebrating" 3:02
4. "Starts with Nothing" 5:31
5. "Out of Focus" 4:09
6. "Dead or in Serious Trouble" 2:37
7. "When All Is Quiet" 3:27
8. "Kinda Girl You Are" 2:36
9. "Man on Mars" 4:14
10. "Child of the Jago" 4:41
11. "Heard It Break" 3:07
12. "Coming Up for Air" 5:35
13. "If You Will Have Me" 3:25
14. "Howlaround" (track 14 on Australian pressings, track 1 on Japanese pressings renamed "Howlaround Boneshaker", hidden track on UK pressings after "If You Will Have Me") 3:51

Start the Revolution Without Me[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Little Shocks" 3:42
2. "On the Run" 4:02
3. "Heard It Break" 3:07
4. "Kinda Girl You Are" 2:36
5. "Starts with Nothing" 5:31
6. "When All Is Quiet" 3:27
7. "Cousin in the Bronx" 3:32
8. "Things Change" 3:45
9. "Man on Mars" (radio edit) 3:44
10. "Problem Solved" 3:01
11. "Can't Mind My Own Business" 3:47
12. "Child of the Jago" 4:41
13. "If You Will Have Me" 3:25


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 37
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 40
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[13] 95
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 83
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 10