Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has spoken about his band’s brand new singles collection ‘Souvenir’, which comes out on Monday. ‘Souvenir: The Singles 2004 – 2012’ features 16 tracks in all, including two brand new tracks ‘Listen To Your Head’ and ‘On The Run’. The collection also includes material from across the band’s four studio albums and features hit singles ‘Oh My God’, ‘Ruby’, ‘I Predict A Riot’ and ‘Modern Way’.
Speaking about the band’s motivation for putting out the singles collection, Wilson said he and his bandmates were convinced after being constantly told by their fans that they should. Asked why they’d opted to release ‘Souvenir’ now, he replied:
“People have been saying to us for ages at gigs that we should put out an album with all our hits on, because it would be amazing. So we have. The tracklisting even seems quite impressive to me and I’m in the band. We’ve got 16 singles now, including the two new ones and it seemed like a good number. Bands used to do this a lot more and more should do it. There’s such a fast turnaround of stuff now because of reality shows that so many acts don’t get far enough to be able to put out something like this. It’s clearing out the garden shed and making space for some new stuff.”
Then asked if it was viewed as something of a milestone, Wilson said his band were “proud of getting this far”.
Kaiser Chiefs will play this summer’s Reading And Leeds Festivals, playing underneath The Black Keys and headliners Foo Fighters.
The tracklisting for ‘Souvenir: The Singles 2004 – 2012’ is as follows:
Oh My God
I Predict A Riot
Never Miss A Beat
Everything Is Average Nowadays
The Angry Mob
Listen To Your Head
Every Day I Love You Less and Less
Love’s Not A Competition (But I’m Winning)
Good Days Bad Days
On The Run
You Can Have It All
Man On Mars
Kinda Girl You Are