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20 Apr
2012

Kasabian performed “Days Are Forgotten” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch the video below:

02 Apr
2012

By Michel Dussack

FINALLY. That seemed to be the consensus of everyone inside of New York City’s Terminal 5 on March 22nd ready to catch of glimpse of Kasabian’s first official performance in the city in over five and a half years. Fans showed up to the sold out show hours before the doors opened so they could be up front to catch the rockers from Leicester do what they do best. When the show sold out, Bowery Presents was quick to announce that the show would be live streamed for everyone that couldn’t go to the show. And indeed, many people watched the stream – I know people who stayed up until past 3am in England just to watch the live stream. This is the only testament to Kasabian’s talent that is needed – their rabid fan base that sells out arenas overseas is just as dedicated stateside, something that vocalist Tom Meighan seemed to have his doubts about when we last spoke to the band.

This is all well and good, but what really matters is whether or not the band delivered on the high expectations of the fans crammed into Terminal 5 like sardines. I’m pleased to report that they did, and they didn’t stop just at meeting expectations. Throughout Kasabian’s 17 song, 90 minute set the band gave off unrelenting energy, and the crowd gave it right back to them. All four of their studio albums were touched upon, with emphasis placed on their last two releases – 2011s ‘Velociraptor’ and 2009s ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ – which was nice given that they skipped America on the ‘West Ryder’ tour. All during the night Meighan and Sergio Pizzorno traded vocals, with Meighan even stepping off the stage for some songs such as ‘Thick as Thieves’ so Pizzorno could fully take the spotlight for a song.

Nearly every song was a fan favorite, though it was the newer material that seemed more familiar to the crowd. They didn’t just stick to their own material though, throughout the night snippets of covers like The Doors’ ‘People Are Strange’ and Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’ were played in the middle of songs. While the crowd was great throughout the whole night, their fans really stepped up their game at the end of the night – during the last song of the main set, ‘L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)’ they kept up the sing-along portion of the song throughout the entire encore break, only stopping when the pounding synths and strobe lights of ‘Switchblade Smiles’ began. ‘Vlad the Impaler’ had the entire floor of Terminal 5 bouncing up and down, and by the time show closer ‘Fire’ came around, it was clear things were going to get crazy. Pizzorno commanded that ‘every fucker jump’, the crowd obeyed until the very end, and the band seemed ready to call it a night. However, Meighan spotted legendary photographer Mick Rock in the balcony, and said they would keep it going just for him. With this, Pizzorno told everyone in the crowd to crouch down as low to the floor as possible as the band continued with a slower portion of ‘Fire’. When Pizzorno counted down from three, everyone popped back up and pretty much went berserk for the remainder of the song.

This was one of the best crowds I’ve ever seen at a New York show, and after witnessing the love that Kasabian got from their fans it’s easy to determine that the band feeds off the energy of the crowd. When I had spoken to Meighan back in September about Velociraptor’s release, he told me that for a while, the band had fallen out of love with America. Though after this performance, it’s hard to imagine that their love hasn’t been rekindled.

29 Mar
2012


British cult-icons Kasabian are in the midst of their triumphant return to North America. Despite a five year lapse between tours on this side of the Atlantic, the band is experiencing the sort of raucous crowds that would be expected from a band that regularly tours through these cities. The band’s electric live shows have been keeping fans enthralled from the opening song through to the encore, leaving the crowd hoping that they will not have to wait as long between tours next time around.

The pure energy of their live performance, as shown here in this live video of “Days Are Forgotten” from their NYC show, has become a trademark of the band. As a a result, they were a natural choice for a live concert stream as part of the newly minted partnership between Youtube and Bowery Presents. In case you missed the original performance, or would like to relive it, Bowery Presents has posted select songs from Kasabian’s set as a Youtube Playlist on their channel, and the band has also shared a Photo Gallery from the show taken by the band’s photographer.

Kasabian is touring in support of the release of their latest full length albumVelociraptor!. In preparation for the tour, Sergio has also made a video for “Neon Noon”, the closing track from the album. Sergio had this to say regarding the inspiration for the video. “I was at home turning off Ennio’s night light and I noticed that it was projecting psychedelic images on my shirt, so I decided to shoot a little video for “Neon Noon” using my phone and four mirrors. I hope you enjoy it – Sink Like A A Stone – Sergio x”

Tour Dates:

3/29 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
3/31 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
4/1 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
4/2 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4/3 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4/6 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Center
4/7 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
4/9 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
4/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox @ The Market
4/11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

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21 Mar
2012


Kasabian is excited to announce they will be live streaming their New York City show this Thursday, March 22nd at 9:00 pm EST at Terminal 5 on The Bowery’s new YouTube channel- The Bowery Presents Live. Launching as part of YouTube’s new original channels initiative, The Bowery Presents Live will allow fans all over the world to witness Kasabian’s return to New York City. Kasabian is the second band to participate in the self-titled YouTube channel. Click HERE to watch an announcement from the band and go to http://youtube.com/bowerypresents to view the broadcast.

In addition to their North American tour, see dates below, Kasabian is set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 19th. The band also recently won the title of Band of the Year at the NME Awards.

Kasabian’s fourth studio album Velociraptor! was released this past September and impressively debuted at #1 in the UK, while simultaneously skyrocketing to the top of charts in countries around the world. Chock full of amplified vocals and stadium sized riffs, the album has received critical praise with Q Magazine calling the release “their best album to date,” and Mojo who proclaimed “[Kasabian] have just made a career-best record that’s completely devoid of filler…it’s the great record Kasabian have been threatening to make for some time.”

Since the debut of their new album, Kasabian have been has been on a world tour in support of Velociraptor!. The band are currently in the midst of a 14-city UK arena outing that will wrap up with two shows at London’s O2 on December 14th and 15th. Before arriving in the US this spring, Kasabian will also headline arena dates throughout Europe, Japan, Asia and Australia.

TOUR DATES

March 21 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

March 22 New York, NY Terminal 5

March 27 Boston, MA House of Blues

March 28 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre

March 29 Toronto, ONT Phoenix Concert Ballroom

March 31 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion

April 1 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom

April 2 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre

April 3 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

April 6 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Center

April 7 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall

April 9 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre

April 10 Seattle, WA The Showbox @ The Market

April 11 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom

April 14 Indio, CA Coachella

April 16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

April 17 Los Angeles, CA Music Box

April 21 Indio, CA Coachella

April 22 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall

14 Feb
2012

Kasabian performed “Days Are Forgotten” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below and pick up their album Velociraptor! on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

01 Dec
2011

UK rockers, Kasabian, return to North America in spring 2012 shortly after the release of their much-anticipated album Velociraptor! (debuted Sept. 20, 2011 digitally and the physical album on Sept. 27, 2011). In regards to the record, MOJO magazine says the band just made a career-best record that’s completely devoid of filler…it’s the great record Kasabian have been threatening to make for some time.

Kasabian kicked off their European tour this fall, which includes two nights at the O2 Arena in London on December 13th and 14th. These dates follow performances this summer at the Isle Wight Festival, the iTunes Music Festival and other notable European festivals.

Watch the Tour Announcement from Tom Meighan Here:
http://youtu.be/xcB2st0POB4

Recorded during late nights in the English countryside, Velociraptor! was influenced by a variety of musical acts from Elvis Presley to the Chemical Brothers and Led Zeppelin, resulting in the band’s best and most definitive album yet. The debut single “Days Are Forgotten” is an incendiary mix of spoken word, amplified vocals and stadium-sized riffs. Other standout tracks include “Switchblade Smile” with its synthesized beats and techno melodies and the dreamlike “Neon Noon.” “Switchblade Smiles” is currently available for stream/download at Kasabian’s website www.kasabian.co.uk.

Find Velociraptor! on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/velociraptor!/id441512036

“Days Are Forgotten” Rumbling, black cloud of techno intensity, probably the heaviest tune they’ve ever done, and might well be their best” – NME

Formed in 1999 in Leicestershire, England, Kasabian consists of Sergio Pizzorno (guitar), Tom Meighan (vocals), Chris Edwards (bassist) and Ian Matthews (drummer.) Having released three studio albums, Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006) and West Ryder Lunatic Asylum (2009), Kasabian has become one of Britain’s biggest rock bands, selling out stadiums and festival main stages across European. The band has won at the Q Awards, taking home Best Live Band and Best Album, The NME Awards, winning Best Live Band and Best Album and the MOJO Awards winning song of the year for ‘Fire’ in 2010.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

3/12/12 – South Side Music Hall, Dallas, TX
3/15/12 – Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX
3/17/12 – Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
3/18/12 – Beacham Theatre, Orlando, FL
3/20/12 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
3/21/12 – Theatre Of The Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3/22/12 – Terminal 5, New York, NY
3/27/12 – House of Blues, Boston, MA
3/28/12 – Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
3/29/12 – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ONT
4/01/12 – Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI
4/02/12 – Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
4/03/12 – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
4/06/12 – Edmonton Event Center, Edmonton, AB
4/07/12 – MacEwan Hall Ballroom, Calgary, AB
4/09/12 – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
4/10/12 – The Showbox @ The Market, Seattle, WA
4/11/12 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
4/22/12 – The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO

Check the band out on Facebook to receive more updates on the tour! https://www.facebook.com/kasabian
For more information on Kasabian go to www.kasabian.co.uk or follow @KasabianHQ

23 Sep
2011

By Michel R Dussack

Kasabian are an English rock band that dabbles in electronica and psychedelic music that formed in 1999 who have just released their 4th studio album, Velociraptor!, to a massive amount of positive critical reception. It’s been called their greatest album to date and an album destined to become a modern classic by some reviewers. The band has become known for their engaging live shows (they’ve been nominated for numerous ‘Best Live Band’ awards in the U.K.) and their outspoken attitude towards critics and rivals. Although they are largely unfamiliar in America, mainly due to lack of radio play and skipping out on touring America on their last album cycle’s tour, the band is determined to use this opportunity to break through on the back of this album. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with the lead singer, Tom Meighan, about the album as well as numerous other things. (Editor’s note: Be sure to check out the first video in a track by track analysis of Velociraptor! below the interview)

Q: For those in America unaware, how did the band come about the name Kasabian?

A: Well it’s just, I mean, it was a long time ago, the thing about Kasabian – it’s just a name ya know, it just popped up ya know? One of our guitarists Chris Karloff was reading something about Charles Manson and the name come up ‘Kasabian’ – it sounded good and it kinda stook. That’s pretty much, that’s really how it come about really mate to be honest.

Q: Is there any significance behind the new album being titled Velociraptor?

A: Velociraptor uhh, Velociraptor nah we just, we just, we never – the name Velociraptor just sounds good ya know? It’s just ya know, these fuckin’ dinosaurs that roamed the earth years ago and they were like a gang – they had a gang mentality so ya know. Yeah Velociraptor – it just sounds good, more than anything

Q. I know that as a band you’ve been outspoken about not being put in the ‘lad rock’ category. Is the new sound on this record a conscious effort to change that?

A: We did it on West Ryder man, we did it on the album before so that changed everything. Ya know we made our “Dark Side of the Moon” record before. Listen ‘lad rock’ really means popular ya know what I mean? It means popular music, it means it’s huge. Ya know the lad rock category we got tagged into it because when were like 21, 22 we gave interviews and we used to really be cunts. We did it on purpose to ya know get on the media’s nerves and piss the critics off and piss other rival bands off just for the fun of it – and that’s all we ever did it for mate to be honest. We just did it for a bit of fun. And we got…if people are confident in what they say people don’t like it so, but this was years ago man as well. But no – conscious decision man, we just make our music man ya know and that’s all we do really mate. I mean, we’ve come so far, in such a short space of time – yeah we’re always trying to be different from our last album, we’ll always be like that.

Q: Have you learned any lessons from previous recordings that you utilized while making the new album?

A: Yeah, I mean, of course I think we’re, while we’re good at recording in a studio, we’re a lot better than we used to be. We’ve learned that we can do it a lot more on our own than we used to do, but uh, it’s a hard one. We’ve never really had any bad experiences in the studio, or our records never come out and we heard it sounding ya know not sounding how we wanted it to sound everythings really been on cash ya know what I mean? So I suppose the lesson we learned is that we just got better at recording in the studio as a band.

Q: There’s a bit of a Beatle’s vibe on the new album, particularly on tracks like La Fee Verte – what influences would you say are on this record and what were you guys listening to while making it?

A: What did we listen to….we listened to a lot of Cannes, a lot of NOI, we listened to loads of Pink Floyd, a band called The Pretty Things, uh, just a collection of music of everything mate ya know. From any kind of music. We’re influenced by a lot of things. This record, the format we picked for this album was to go back to our old-fashioned song writing. Like the good old, the big, big songs – we’ve never had any album with massive, massive one after the other of really big songs, so that’s the way we approached this album.

Q: Given all your years of experience in the industry, how would you compare the music scene in the U.K. to the one in the U.S.?

A: Well the U.S. music scene is a monster ya know it’s like…well I don’t know really it’s probably the same vibe as in England ya know. The U.K. has got like ya know it’s just pop ya know – guitar music is pretty dead really let’s be honest. Too long been pop music and European shitty dance bands, but that’s how it is at the minute so I can’t, I don’t really know the comparison – I don’t even follow the American charts to be honest. But I don’t know how big rock bands are in America at the minute. How big are they? Is it a big thing now in America or is it just entirely different?

Q: Yeah it’s pretty much the same on the charts here, shitty pop bands

A: Wow really? Yeah lots of R&B and yeah….

Q: Yeah I mean I’m sure you can see it – look at the size of the venues you play in the U.K. – they’re much smaller here no?

A: Oh yeah definitely. In the states, we’re a cult band in the states, we’re a cult band and that’s all we are. But the thing is, I don’t think no English band has broke in America in a while, apart from Coldplay. But that’s the way it is – I think a lot of bands are struggling to, well not struggling just – there’s no point in going to a market where it’s dead ya know what I mean? And that’s how we feel ya know? But we’ve got unfinished business in America so ya know, we’re gonna set up our record and see what happens and go back out there and play again. And I miss America, and I love touring America, and I love the idea, and I love the romance of it as well so ya know hopefully….we’ll get to America probably next year which is great.

Q: Just out of curiosity…why did you guys decide to skip the U.S. on the tour for West Ryder?

A: Well it’s just no point ya know what I mean? If our record….ya know it’s all about people backing us, and there’s no point of us putting in a load of work and not getting anything back from it. It’s just ridiculous…we kinda lost…fell out of love with America for a while and that’s the way it is. We spent the first few years when we were first touring, we always went to America for a long time…we missed it. But it’s been on and on about English bands in America aren’t doing massive tours or anything like that. I mean, I love touring America and I love the fact that we did the west coast, we did the east coast. It’s like I said we’re a cult band in America but we’ll see what happens with this album – fingers crossed man something might change but I don’t know it depends – Listen it ain’t what it used to be man, never will be the same and ya know the Internet now, things, people treat music not as uhh whats the word…people just don’t treat it as they used to ya know? So I think, I don’t know, I don’t know what to think really mate, we’ll see, we’ll see what happens in America. It’ll be good to go out there and tour.

Q: What are some of your favorite albums of 2011 so far?

A: Uh The Kills, I love the Kills new record, I love the Horrors album. I love Beady Eye’s album…that’s some of the best records and Wu Tang Clan’s album’s amazing. There’s been some amazing albums come out.

Q: If you could collaborate with any artist or band, who would you pick?

A: Uh…collaborate with ANYONE!? That’s a good question mate…I can’t really say to be honest…that’s really good…who would I collaborate with…I don’t bloody know….well LL Cool J collaborated with us on one of our b-sides that was pretty cool so…I don’t really know – The Black Keys!!! The Black Keys are a good band there we go

Q: You guys are pretty friendly with Noel Gallagher, has he heard the album yet? What’s he think about it?

A: Yeah we know him pretty well, but he’s not heard it mate. There ya go that’s Noel Gallagher for ya

Q: Where do you see yourselves as a band heading next? Do you think you’ll go even more experimental or back towards your roots?

A: Yeah I mean, yeah I imagine we will go experimental ya know yeah. Probably will do. I don’t know what the future holds, but I reckon I’ll be speaking to you in 5 years and I’ll still be in a rock band and we’ll still be putting albums out and selling ‘em. Ya know we’re fuckin’ massive in England, we’re huge in Japan, we’re breaking Australia, just got through Europe, America’s the only part we’ve not really touched on really. But hey, it’s like I said, the market’s down and rock bands ain’t selling these big records anymore, are they like they used to be? Are they? It’s the way it is man, ya know it’s just the way it is unless we were U2 or Coldplay but that’s not gonna happen (laughs). But hey man listen we’ve got unfinished business in America and we’ll try to get there as soon as we can bloke.

Velociraptor! is out now on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

http://www.kasabian.co.uk

20 Sep
2011

Kasabian have just released their new album Velociraptor!. It’s currently on iTunes, and will be available everywhere in the US next Tuesday, September 27th.

For a limited time, you can grab a free download of “Switchblade Smiles” below:

Finally, here are some recent live videos of the band playing aboard a Boeing 747 as part of “Kasabian Airlines”:

“Days Are Forgotten” (Live From Leicester): http://vevo.ly/pRvdr1

“Switchblade Smiles” (Live From Leicester)

“Velociraptor” (Live From Leicester):

“Fire” (Live From Leicester)

16 Sep
2011

Kasabian have just made their new album Velociraptor! available for streaming.

You can stream it in full on Soundcloud.

Go on and pre-order the album already, what are you waiting for!

Fine fine, you want something for free? Download “Switchblade Smiles” below. You’re welcome.

30 Aug
2011

The UK’s top rock act Kasabian is returning to American shores with the release of Velociraptor!. Made up of amplified vocals and stadium sized riffs, the music will quickly have Kasabian fans welcoming their return with this epic new album. An exclusive digital release of Velociraptor! will debut on September 20th (SONY UK) with the full physical album to follow on September 27th.

In support of their new album Kasabian will kick off their European tour this fall which will culminate with two nights at the O2 Arena in London on December 13th and 14th. These dates follow performances this summer at the Isle Wight Festival, the iTunes Music Festival and other notable European festivals. The band will head to the United States to tour in the upcoming year.

Recorded during late nights in the English countryside, Velociraptor! was influenced by a variety of musical acts from Elvis Presley to the Chemical Brothers and Led Zeppelin, resulting in the band’s best and most definitive album yet. The debut single “Days Are Forgotten” is an incendiary mix of spoken word, amplified vocals and stadium-sized riffs. Other standout tracks include “Switchblade Smile” with its synthesized beats and techno melodies and the dreamlike “Neon Noon.” “Switchblade Smiles” is currently available for stream/download at Kasabian’s website www.kasabian.co.uk.

What the press are saying about Velociraptor!:

“…[Kasabian] have just made a career-best record that’s completely devoid of filler…it’s the great record Kasabian have been threatening to make for some time”

MOJO

“In crafting their best album to date, the Leicester quartet will almost certainly haunt the charts and the airwaves for many, many months to come”

Q

“Four stars…Leicester’s psych-lad rockers shine on ambitious fourth”

Uncut

Official Track Listing for Velociraptor!:
1. Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To

2. Days Are Forgotten

3. Goodbye Kiss

4. La F ée Verte

5. Velociraptor!

6. Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter From the Storm)

7. I Hear Voices

8. Re-wired

9. Man of Simple Pleasures

10. Switchblade Smiles

11. Neon Noon

Formed in 1999 in Leicestershire, England, Kasabian consists of Sergio Pizzorno (guitar), Tom Meighan (vocals), Chris Edwards (bassist) and Ian Matthews (drummer.) Having released three studio albums, Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006) and West Ryder Lunatic Asylum (2009), Kasabian has become one of Britain’s biggest rock bands, selling out stadiums and festival main stages across European. The band has won at the Q Awards, taking home Best Live Band and Best Album, The NME Awards, winning Best Live Band and Best Album and the MOJO Awards winning song of the year for ‘Fire’ in 2010.

For more information on Kasabian go to www.kasabian.co.uk.


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