The Kaisers

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The Kaisers was a Scottish beat band formed in 1992 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The band recorded several albums and singles under a number of record labels, including No-Hit Records, Bedrock Records, Wild Wild Records and Get Hip Records. Their final album, Shake Me! was released under Get Hip Records. Former members have been associated with The Bristols[1] and Janey And The Ravemen[2] since the disbanding of the group.

The Imperial Wireless Years[edit]

Formation and first recordings (1992-1995)[edit]

The Kaisers began playing early rock and roll classics and after developing their traditional sound further, they established themselves as a band in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1992. The band subsequently signed to the London label No Hit and began working with the music producer Liam Watson at Toe Rag Studios in Shoreditch, London, where they quickly released their first album, Squarehead Stomp!, in 1993.[3]

Not long after the promotion of their first record, they made several television appearances—including a spot on the NB Television Show in Scotland. In 1994, In Step With The Kaisers was released, plus an EP called Alligator Stomp!, which included tracks that were not featured on either of the previous albums. To promote the record they appeared on a BBC Radio Scotland program special reviewing The Beatles Biopic Backbeat film. It was on the radio show the Usual Suspects that Miller stated, "We're not The Beatles; we're not Gerry & The Pacemakers, we're The Kaisers." The Kaisers also recorded two numbers for the program, Soldier Of Love and Money (That's What I Want), at the BBC Scotland studios.

Cracks Emerge[edit]

By this point, problems had arisen and bassist John Gibbs had left. The band appointed Matt Curtis as bass player just in time for their appearance on Wire TV for an Edinburgh Festival TV special. A few months later The Kaisers were back in the studio with Watson recording Beat It Up! - arguably their best album and what people would consider to be The Kaisers at their apex. "Beat It Up!" gathered a storm in the underground market and led to The Kaisers' first US tour, their biggest achievement to date. The tour led to a show at the legendary Punk Rock Club CBGB's.

Following another TV appearance for the Good Morning Breakfast Show in the U.K. and a few appearances around the country, the Kaisers suffered another departure, when Matt Armstrong left on sabbatical. Keith Warwick took his place before a trip to Alkmaar in 1995. Matt Curtis also left soon after in 1995 before getting replaced by Mark Ferrie.

The Get Hip Years[edit]

Second US tour and demise of the Kaisers (1995-2002)[edit]

Following further personnel changes, only two original members remained—George Miller and Johnny Maben. Even though the band's most prolific years had passed, the pair soldiered on with a new album, Wishing Street, and a second US tour. The band's momentum had faltered and the members were involved in side projects. Furthermore, Maben's relocation to London made it inconvenient for the band to record and rehearse. The Kaisers seemed to be recovering when the band was interviewed on The Mark Radcliffe Studio on BBC Radio 2 in 1996. Five tracks were recorded live for the program and the band also appeared on the John Peel show that same year.

During the early stage of the band's career, The Kaisers recorded three albums, two extended players (EPs) and two singles over three years. In the period following 1996 the band's work rate slowed down, and The Kaisers recorded two studio albums and a Christmas single over six years (these were not recorded at Toe Rag Studios or produced by Liam Watson, but were instead recorded at Chamber Studios in Edinburgh). By the time of the release of Shake Me!, the Kaisers final album, in 2002, the band was no longer functional. At the completion of the album, the members decided to disband. While an official announcement has not been made, the members of the band have not worked together since 2002.

Discography[edit]

Squarehead Stomp! (1993)
In Step With The Kaisers (1994)
Beat It Up! (1995)
Wishing Street (1997)
Twist With The Kaisers (1999)
Shake Me! (2002)

Line-Ups[edit]

1992-1994[edit]

George Miller-Lead Guitar
Matt Armstrong-Guitar
John Gibbs-Bass
Johnny Maben-Drums

1994-1995[edit]

George Miller-Lead Guitar
Matt Armstrong-Guitar
Matt Curtis-Bass
Johnny Maben-Drums

1995[edit]

George Miller-Lead Guitar
Keith Warwick-Guitar
Matt Curtis-Bass
Johnny Maben-Drums

1995-1999[edit]

George Miller-Lead Guitar
Angus McIntyre-Guitar
Mark Ferrie-Bass
Johnny Maben-Drums

1999[edit]

George Miller-Lead Guitar
Matt Armstrong-Guitar
Mark Ferrie-Bass
Johnny Maben-Drums

1999[edit]

George Miller-Lead Guitar
Dean Micetich-Guitar
Mark Ferrie-Bass
Johnny Maben-Drums

1999 - 2002[edit]

George Miller-Lead Guitar
Matt Armstrong-Guitar
Angus McIntyre-Guitar
Mark Ferrie-Bass
Johnny Maben-Drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evert Nijkamp (2010). "The Kaisers - english neo-beat band". Grunnen Rocks. Evert. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  2. ^ cgfmguy (2011). "The Kaisers (Join Team Kaisers!)". Myspace. Myspace LLC. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Mario Mesquita Borges (1997–2012). "The Kaisers Biography". Artist direct. Rogue Digital, LLC. Retrieved 24 May 2012.