EXCLUSIVE: KASABIAN INTERVIEW – CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
The Leicester lads also banned booze from their studio as they created West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
Frontman Tom Meighan, guitarist songwriter Serge Pizzorno, bassist Chris Edwards, 28, and drummer Ian Matthews, 33, are back with new single Fire and as main support on Oasis’s stadium tour.
And while the wild parties were kept at bay, the dancing didn’t stop.
Serge, 28, explained: “This record we didn’t feel like getting p***ed up and were more like: ‘Well we’re working today, let’s crack on.’
“We would start working at nine and for some reason we found that lyrics were being done in the morning whereas at night the music just came out like vampires.
“We prefer Bram Stoker to Twilight.
“There was always late-night listening at three in the morning where we’d turn it up loud – you definitely have to test it out.”
In the three years since second album Empire soared to No 1, chalking up a million sales, the charts have seen indie die off and Kasabian return as pop reigns supreme.
Serge mused: “Lady GaGa is a bit of a bizarre woman. I don’t know any of the tunes but she obviously knows how to get in the papers because I’ve noticed her a fair bit. I saw her on Jonathan Ross with a cup of tea.”
“She’s either very silly or very clever,” said Tom, 28. “She is definitely some kind of monster.” Serge continued: “I’m a massive fan of pop when it’s done good. A lot of it though you have to go back about 30-40 years.
“So many now are just puppets but if someone offers you that or working in Tesco then of course you’re going to do that.
“We’re not from a wave of bands that sound a never really taken any notice of it because we’re unique.
“I don’t crave BRIT Awards – we are still up there with Coldplay.
“People like us so that’s why we are a people’s band.
“There is definitely more longevity in that as we have serious fans that love us.”
As one of Britain’s premier live bands Kasabian will rip it up on the Oasis tour from June 4 ahead of supporting Bruce Springsteen, 59, at Glastonbury next month.
Thanks to dirty basslines on tunes like Vlad The Impaler the band are finding more girls at their gigs – and that makes them happy chappies.
Serge grinned: “We are getting more women at gigs. The sexy grooves are of course a ploy to sex things up. It would be nice to shake that ratio a bit.
“It will of course be nice to look out into the crowds and see more ladies.
“We have all got girlfriends and we’re all really happy.”
Tom chipped in quickly: “There’s no babies though, but there may be wedding bells, maybe one day.”
Kasabian certainly sound grown up on their psychedelic new concept record, which happily flows through banging opener Underdog to spine-tingling slowie Ladies And Gentleman (Roll The Dice).
om said: “I find Ladies And Gentleman one of the most personal songs on the record. When I sang it I felt it sounded like I had lived a bit – I’ve seen things, grown-up and made mistakes and know it’s going to be all right.”
Serge continued: “It sounds like a weird pub sing-a-long and you’re kind of sitting there reflecting: ‘I had a crack at it last night. I should probably go to bed now.’ ”
Tom agreed: “It’s really beautiful and kind of dark. The pair say the Oasis dates are going to be “f***ing brilliant”.
“They’re going to be great rock shows, really powerful,” insisted Tom.
“We are going to play a really high energy set,” promised Serge.
Checking out Oasis’ old rivals Blur isn’t on Kasabian’s agenda, however. “If we went to a Blur gig we would probably get sneered at,” cringed Tom.
Kasabian’s new single Fire is out on June 1. The album follows on the 8th.