Kaiser Chiefs have just dropped a new single – out today is ‘Parachute’ via Fiction/Caroline International.

“When we wrote the first record we were very direct, little needed explaining. The songs seemed to speak for themselves and did all the hard work for us,” said frontman, Ricky Wilson. “’Parachute’ is pretty self-explanatory and a bit of a return to that. Parachute is probably the first love song we’ve written since ‘Ruby’.”

Produced by Brian Higgins (Xenomania, Girls Aloud, Pet Shop Boys, New Order), and mixed by Serban Ghenea (The Weeknd, Rihanna, Beck, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake), ‘Parachute’ is the first track to be taken from the band’s forthcoming, sixth album Stay Together.

“When we finished writing the last record we realised that the most important thing to everyone is what’s going on in their lives. Their ‘personal politics’ and that’s what this album is about. If Education, Education, Education & War was our protest album, then Stay Together is our relationship album. Brian brought a very different approach to song writing and recording, it was a steep learning curve but together we tried out new ideas and sounds and ended up with a new and fresh sounding Kaiser Chiefs album. Like no Kaiser Chiefs record you have heard before.”

The band are fresh from a sold out tour of South America where they have been road testing new material from the forthcoming album – and follow-up to the UK #1 Education, Education, Education & War – which will feature collaborations with MNEK and Wayne Hector.

The band will be playing a very special one off show at the world famous London Palladium on July 11. Fans who sign up to the Kaiser Chiefs mailing list before midnight on Tuesday 14th June can get access to a special pre-sale before tickets go on general release on Thursday 16th June.

Next week the band commence a run of sold out UK shows which will also take in appearances at V Festival, T in The Park, Ibiza Rocks, Rock Werchter, Boardmasters and Lollapalooza in Berlin. Check website for full tour dates.

‘Parachute’ is available now via iTunes and Spotify, and Stay Together is available to pre-order via iTunes and the Kaiser Chiefs store.

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