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Kasabian – Empire Biography

Posted in Biography, Kasabian on August 28, 2006 by Jennijops

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Stardate: Summer 2006. As these words are being written, Kasabian are jetlagged, but happy. Three days ago, they returned from Mexico City, where a disused supermarket full of saucer-eyed devotees treated them like returning heroes. “They even sang along to the keyboards in Processed Beats,” exclaims Serge Pizzorno. And then when we did the new stuff. It was…” Pizzorno is rarely lost for words. When he is though, here’s Tom Meighan to pick up the baton “…legendary. I’ve never felt a force like it.”

Can a record be legendary before it has even come out? You might think you know Kasabian. After all, the dissolute Glimmer Twins of the post-Britpop firmament made no secret of their sources on that eponymous first album. A couple of years after Meighan and Pizzorno met in Leicester, aged 11, it was 1993 and Oasis were making the rock’n’roll dream seem like a goal attainable to a generation of schoolkids. Recorded at the now-mythical farm where they arrived for a party and never got around to leaving, Kasabian’s eponymous debut bypassed most critics and connected dramatically with an audience that recognised them as one of their own just as Oasis had done with Meighan and Pizzorno in 1993.
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Kasabian – London Brixton Academy – 15/8/06

Posted in Reviews on August 16, 2006 by Jennijops

Kasabian @ BrixtonSet List – ‘Shoot The Runner’, ‘Reason Is Treason’, ‘Sun/Rise/Light/Flies’, ‘Empire’, ‘Cutt Off’, ‘Me Plus One’, ‘By My Side’, ‘Last Trip (in flight)’, ‘Butcher Blues’, ‘Processed Beats’, ‘The Doberman’, Encore -‘Club Foot’, ‘Stuntman’, ‘L.S.F.’

As a warm-up for the V Festival, Kasabian keep it real by playing afairly intimate (well, as intimate as 4500 can get…) gig in the capital, and you soon realise what the Brixton Academy was built for – to mark one of the most triumphant gigs of 2006. It’s been a while since Kasabian played these shores, and tonight is a chance to test out some of the new material found on upcoming LP ‘Empire’ in front of an adoring crowd. Having just released tour dates for later in the year, they could’ve easily plumped for a bigger venue – but hey, this isKasabian we’re talking about.

After an enjoyable set from The Frattellis (though in all honesty it wouldn’t have mattered to me who supported) tension starts to build, and the masses start to cram their way to the front. It’s that desperate to get as close as possible that I catch one guy urinating in an empty glass so as not to lose his space, and yes… there were a few people who saw you do it! Top work though! Continue reading