Kasabian gig was a slow burner

swindonKasabian have always been a band close to my heart since seeing them explode at Manchester Uni 5 years ago, a gig that was on a par with Stone Roses at Blackpool ballroom 1989, both events cornerstones in the evolution of rock and roll.

The passion, the zeitgeist truly marked the spirit of the age, from then on we knew that we were part of something that was going to be massive. A mojo was found.

Swindon Oasis, a venue that inspired Noel Gallagher to change the name of his little Manchester band, five years on. It seems that the time spent on the road together paid its toll.

Gig after gig this band had changed from the enigma of the day to just another stadium band. They have become what they have always loathed and that mojo had long gone. The transmission on stage between the once five electric lights had been switched off, the only thing holding them together was the sagacity of their music.

Chris Edwards on bass stared at the ceiling and Tom Meighan, the singer, wasn’t there in spirit. Every now and again he would rise to his feet, maybe stand on a speaker with his arms out bleating an automatic cliche like ‘Swindon you’re on fire!”, then sit down next to the drums with his head in his hands wishing he was somewhere else. Kasabian had become pale descendants of their former glory.

Having to perform day in, day out must take the fervour out of a band, maybe they had just all had a bad day, an argument before coming on stage, maybe spending so much time together drove them to despise each other’s presence, or perhaps, we can only hope, that this was just a stop off and they were saving their energy for another day.

Then something happened. Swindon were on fire and the crowd, most of which hadn’t witnessed Kasabians volatile performances of the past, fed back to the stage an energy, and the passion returned. We reminded them of what they were here for. Why they have put so much of themselves into their art and become one of the best bands this country has witnessed. For a while at least.

Playing classics from their self-titled debut album, with gems from Empire their acclaimed second album, with new songs from West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum and of course their brilliant current single Fire, Swindon Oasis was in adoration of a music that has deservedly gone down in digital history as the theme tune to our lives.

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