Archive for May, 2009

Last band standing: Kasabian interview

Posted in Articles/Interviews, Serge Pizzorno, Tom Meighan on May 31, 2009 by Jennijops

As Kasabian lament the end of rock’n’roll, AIDAN SMITH discovers that for all their bravado, the swaggering rock ‘cats’ are quite happy taking in the view from the shoulder of Oasis
ROCK’N’ROLL is dead. Let the records show that it was pronounced parrot-like on a sultry Thursday afternoon in a private members’ club in London just before cocktail hour, by Kasabian.

Glugging vodka and tonic, the band’s singer, Tom Meighan, is specifically talking about “the whole rock star thing” when he says: “It’s gone, over, well buried. No one can be arsed any more. There are no more of them cool cats.”

But hang on, the wipe-out isn’t total, all hope may not be gone, for four figures bearing well-practised sullenness can be glimpsed through the post-apocalyptic dry ice. They’re grown men unafraid of referring to each other as cats, they can be arsed, and – would you believe it? – they’re called Kasabian.
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Kasabian: Fire available to download NOW!

Posted in Alert, Audio, News on May 31, 2009 by Jennijops

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The band’s immense new single Fire is finally available to download now.  They CD and 10″ will be in stores from tomorrow, Monday.

Download from iTunes
Download from 7Digital
Download from Play MP3
Download from Amazon MP3

Tracklisting:

2-track CD
1. Fire
2. Runaway (live from Little Noise Sessions)

10″ Vinyl
A. Fire
B. Fire (Richard Fearless mix)

Win a Kasabian prize pack

Posted in Cool Shit on May 31, 2009 by Jennijops

British rockers Kasabian are set to release their new album on June 8, and Stuff.co.nz has five prize packs to give away to celebrate.

With the singles Vlad the Impaler and Fire, Kasabian’s third album – the follow-up to 2006’s Empire – is set to become one of the year’s biggest and best rock releases.

We have five copies of Kasbain’s The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum as well as five Kasabian art prints to give away thanks to Sony Music.

How to enter:

To enter the competition, all you have to do is tell us the name of Kasabian’s singer.

Email the answer to competitions@stuff.co.nz with your name, address, post code and phone number before 10am on Friday, June 19 to go in the draw. Please ensure the email subject line is ‘Kasabian’. Continue reading

Exclusive: The Enemy Want Peace Before Playing On Oasis Home Turf

Posted in News on May 31, 2009 by Jennijops

THE ENEMY rushed to make peace with Oasis yesterday…just days before joining them on tour.
The chart-topping trio – singer Tom Clarke, bassist Andy Hopkins and drummer Liam Watts – will walk into the lions’ den when they open for the Manc rockers on their home turf.

It is their first show with the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, since a bust-up.
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Exclusive Irish Kasabian Competition

Posted in Alert, Cool Shit on May 31, 2009 by Jennijops

We’re giving five lucky Kasabian fans (plus one guest each) the chance to attend the EXCLUSIVE preview party in Dublin for the brand new album ‘The West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ out in Ireland on Friday 5th June.

For your chance to win PLUS grab one of the first copies of the album in Europe PLUS the back catalogue PLUS drinks and a few nibbles, just head to www.muzu.tv/kasabian for entry details.

Kasabian + Jersey Budd @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester UK – 29/05/2009

Posted in Photos, Reviews on May 30, 2009 by Jennijops

Kasabian - Tom Meighan

Kasabian are quite simply one of the best live bands around. Their enormous sound and euphoric uplifting performances combine the pomp of the Stone Roses and Primal Scream and the showmanship of Faithless. Put simply they rock!

Thus it was that Gig Junkies Head honcho and I, found ourselves at the salubrious surround of De Montfort Hall, in Leicester – Kasabian’s home town – on the opening night of their summer tour to celebrate the release of their new album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. Coincidentally it was the same season that their beloved Leicester City were crowned Division 1 Champions. It was gonna be messy!
Jersey Budd
First up, the support, which came in the guise of fellow Leicestarian and soon to be star Jersey Budd.

Just like Kasabian we’re big fans of Jersey Budd at Gig Junkies, which only added to our excitement for the gig and as with previous performances Jersey didn’t fail to deliver. Kicking off with upbeat ‘Visions of You’ Jersey rocked his way through most of his debut album Wonderlands to the delight of the ever filling venue. Track of the year ‘She Came Back’ was the highlight for me this is a massive song, and pulls on the heart strings every time you hear it… Splendid.

Every time we see Jersey Budd we’re more and more impressed. His powerful vocal is becoming stronger, he generally looks happier and more confident on stage and you can just tell he’s having a great time. He’s living the dream. Our only critique of Mr Budd is that he should have taken centre stage instead of leaving room for his backing vocalist Julie E Gordon. Impressive she is, but as she only sang on the last 2 songs, it would have made sense for Jers to stand in the centre of the stage instead of being over on the left. You need to believe it Sir, you’re gonna be a star, so you need to take the limelight!
Kasabian - Serg Pizzorno
Tom Meighan, Kasabian’s uber cool long haired front man is a natural born leader. Donning a red jacket and CND t-shirt, he led his troops – Serg, Chris and the boys out on to the stage, their Gladiatorial arena, ready to do musical battle, to the backdrop of bright strobe flashing lights and electro beats.
Kasabian - Tom Meighan
Proceedings kicked off with ‘Vlad the Impaler’, a rousing, stomping, driving tune with hypnotic qualities that had the already ecstatic crowd close to boiling point. This audience frenzy – orchestrated by Meighan from his lofty perch at the front of the stage – then ramped up a level as the driving bass line of ‘Shoot the Runner’ kicked in. Having VIP passes we were lucky to have front row seats of the balcony, and from here we could see how much of a kick the boys were getting from the mayhem of the crowd in front of them. This was fiercely reciprocated by the audience, all of whom responded with whoops and a cheer of delight at the front man’s every salute. At times it wasn’t clear who was performing – was it the band singing to the crowd, or the crowd singing to the band? Who cares, the atmosphere was simply euphoric as the band and the audience celebrated one another in appreciative unison.
Kasabian
Interspersed with old classics, like ‘Reason is Treason’ and ‘Processed Beats’ not only were soon to be hits like the Door’s-esq ‘Fire’ and mesmerising ‘Underdog’, but so were football chants such as ‘Blue Army’ and ‘Champions’ to celebrate their local sides recent success. This was a celebration, and like it or not, you were gonna enjoy it.
Kasabian - Tom Meighan & Serg Pizzorno
The exhausting gig ended with ‘Doberman’ a spaghetti western of a tune, complete with atmospheric trumpet and all. The chant of ‘We Want More’ followed and Kasabian duly obliged. ‘Stuntman’ was followed by Serg’s own version of Candy Statton’s ‘You’ve got the Love’ which led perfectly into ‘LSF’ – the bands anthemic finale.
Kasabian - Tom Meighan
If you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing Kasabian, you really should. Neither dance band nor indie, but a glorious concoction of the two, their live show is something to behold. It’s an exhilarating event and one in which those lucky enough to be in attendance are honoured to be present. They plan to play to over a million people this summer and I guarantee there won’t be many who are disappointed.
Kasabian - Tom Meighan

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Sergio Pizzorno: “Noel Gallagher Has Inspired Me More Than Any Teacher Or Historical Figure”

Posted in Articles/Interviews, Serge Pizzorno on May 30, 2009 by Jennijops

Kasabian have had chart success with singles such as Club Foot, LSF, Processed Beats, Empire, Shoot The Runner and on June 1 they are releasing Fire, which is already getting huge airplay on BBC Radio 1.

“It is not your average pop single,” said Serge. It is different, a beautiful thing.”

For the guitarist it is inspiring the next generation that gives him the biggest buzz.

“If they watch the show and want to start a band that’s great. These talent shows are fair enough, but we come from a stable of incredible rock music and we need more of it,” he said The musician was inspired himself at 14 by Noel Gallagher from Oasis, and this summer Kasabian are touring with their rock heroes.
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