After the massive success of Coldplay in the '00s, the gates to North America were shoved wide open again for British bands. Franz Ferdinand and Snow Patrol have both enjoyed success on these shores, and now the next wave of invasion is set to begin. The first half of 2005 will see four of the UK's most talked about bands cross the Atlantic and play for Canadian crowds.
The Futureheads, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, and Kasabian are all set to bring their angular art-rock to Canada's major centres, and all four are out promoting their debut albums - 'The Futureheads', 'Employment', 'Silent Alarm', and 'Kasabian', respectively. Both The Futureheads and Kasabian have already released their albums, with the Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs debuts hitting shelves this March.
The Kaiser Chiefs will be playing the first gig out of the bunch, hitting Toronto on February 15th to (it's their very first Canadian show). Headlining across North America for the first time, The Futureheads have three Canadian shows scheduled for the end of February/beginning of March. Kasabian are tagging along with fellow Brits The Music for three gigs, and Bloc Party have three stops in March/April.
At the moment three of the bands - The Kaiser Chiefs, The Futureheads, and Bloc Party - are touring the UK together as part of the NME Awards Tour, alongside The Killers. As it were, The 'Heads, Kasabian, and Bloc Party are all heading down to California to play the 2005 Coachella Festival as well.
What's the meaning of all this? Quite simply, if you have the chance, it would be wise to see these bands before the venues grow any larger. For more detailed information on any of the bands, check the Soul Shine news archive.
The Kaiser Chiefs:
February 15 Toronto, ON - The Revival
February 24 Quebec, QC - Imperial
February 26 Toronto, ON -- Lee's Palace (Sold out)
March 8 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
February 26 Montreal, QC - El Salon
February 27 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
March 7 Vancouver, BC - Richard's On Richards
March 27 Vancouver, BC - Richard's On Richards
April 2 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
April 3 Montreal, QC - Cabaret
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt