Serge’s back garden bomb
Kasabian have been in the news recently after booking 20 hotel rooms for their mates at the Creamfields festival, and the discovery that guitarist Serge Pizzorno has been sharing his back garden with an unexploded bomb. Drummer Ian Matthews has augmented his kit with a gigantic gong and the band have recently grown so much hair that it could stuff pillows for a dozen families. This festival warm-up is a relatively intimate gig for a band who can fill Earls Court twice over, but vocalist Tom Meighan treats it like Wembley stadium. “Are you alright at the back?” he asks, often. He even “conducts” the crowd’s singing into sections like a choir.
There’s a lot of singing at Kasabian gigs. Their songs – enormous chanted choruses with juddering rhythms – are often simple in construction but have managed to locate the secret nerve centre which makes human beings sing along while hurling a plastic beer glass in the air. While they’ve been away working on their third album, the band’s sound has – if anything – got even bigger. Oldies like Shoot the Runner and Processed Beats now sound like Pizzorno’s garden UXB has been grafted into the rhythm section.
And the new songs unveiled suggest this isn’t about to change. Fire – which sounds like a glam rock Hokey Cokey and actually includes the line “shake it to the left” – is only seconds old when those hands shoot back up in the air. It’s surely only a matter of time before the band start taking to the stage in tanks.