The Kaisers

The Kaisers first established as a band by playing versions of rock & roll's early days' tunes, mainly inspired by classical names such as Chuck Berry or Mike Stoller. However, the crew seemingly expanded its musical ground by delivering an unrivaled modern vision of classic rock & roll. Forming in 1992 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Kaisers swiftly conquered a respectable legion of fans, at the time exclusively due to their fierce live performances at local clubs. Consisting of vocalist and guitarist George Miller, bassist John Gibbs, guitarist Matt Armstrong, and drummer Johnny Maben, the Scottish crew made its first major leap after moving to London. Following a two-year period filled with numerous live shows, the band finally entered the studio to record their debut full-length disc. Squarehead Stomp!, Kaiser's first album, hit record stores in 1994, receiving unanimous acclaim within the local underground scene. In Step With the Kaisers, the band's second album, arrived in that same year, once more remarking the crew's indubitable ability to go beyond simple versions of rock & roll's early tunes. In 1995, the group suffered its first lineup change when Gibbs left, later being substituted by Matt Curtis, months before the band released Beat It Up!, their third album. Bassist Curtis was eventually replaced by Mark Ferrie shortly before the group delivered Wishing Street, their fourth full-length recording. In 1999 the band's debut live album, Twist With the Kaisers, materialized the band's relentless live shows. It was then when Armstrong left and Angus McIntyre stepped in as the rhythm guitarist, months before the Kaisers re-entered the studio to prepare what turned out to be the squad's fifth studio recording, 2002's Shake Me. ~ Mario Mesquita Borges

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