Kasabian's Tom Meighan: "We try to invent ourselves like Radiohead do"
In a recent interview with Buzzinemusic, Kasabian's frontman Tom Meighan
has revealed how the band are constantly on a mission to reinvent
themselves and develop with their sound from album to album in a
similar fashion to Thom Yorke and his band Radiohead.
After a five year period away from the USA, the band are back
stateside to promote their latest reinvention 'Velocirator'.
Speaking with Buzzine's Andrew Shaw, Tom also went on to explain
the differences between the leicester band's third offering 'West
Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' and their new LP to clarify his
point. '''West Ryder' was our concept record," he said. "We
were gonna make our crazy, psychedelia record, which it was, with
all these crazy songs in it and then 'Velociraptor!!' was back to
normal, 'back-to-basic' songwriting. Good songwriting, good pop
Last month, Kasabian unveiled the new video for their track
'Neon Noon'. Shot by the band's priniciple songwriter and guitarist
Serge Pizzorno at his home, using only his mobile phone and
four mirrors. Pizzorno also revealed that he been inspired to shoot
the video after seeing "psychedelic images" projected by his son
Ennio's night light. You can watch the video at the botom of the
Kasabian will headline both Reading And Leeds Festivals and T In
The Park this summer and are also confirmed to play shows as part
of Ibiza and Majorca Rocks.
An excerpt of the interview follows:
Andrew Shaw: On Velociraptor!, you headed back
into the studio with Dan the Automator (who wrote with you on the
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum as well): Why did you call him
Tom Meighan: Dan the Automator is easy to work
with, so we thought, "Well why not?" [laughs]
He's got a great ear for opening our music up, and I don't know
what he does, but he does something to it. Probably gives it more
space…and he's a really nice guy as well. He's definitely out there
[laughs]. Velociraptor! came around, so I said, "Let's just go back
into working with Dan the Automator again." So it was cool. And the
process of it - the whole thing, recording it, is very calm. We
record very much like a garage rock band. It's weird. And it's not
as if we jack off to each other. Like, "Just one word; trying to
get it right for the whole day". We do a few takes and we pick the
best one or the best vibe - and that's pretty much how we work.
AS: You've got all that space to spread out,
and get that Kasabian sound…
TM: Yeah! We're very 'studio professional'.
We're really on board. We're good in the studio. We're really
straight on it. Dan The Automator helps with that.
AS: Sergio [Pizzorno] once said that as a band
Kasabian are really aware of the prudishness in modern music. I
think he used the phrase: "Nobody's breaking the glass anymore."
Was there a point in Velociraptor! where you could say, "That's the
TM: Basically, what Serg was saying there, is
that we try not to do what we did before. We always try to reinvent
ourselves in the way that a band like Radiohead would do. Or we
come at things from another angle. [Laughs] I'm at a loss for words
really - But basically, "Switchblade Smiles" is the emergency,
'break-the-glass' moment - It's got everything to it.
AS: "Switchblade Smiles" is a way of saying,
"This album has arrived"?
TM: Yeah! That's when we knew. It's like a
defining moment. But "Days Are Forgotten" for me... When we did
that, I thought, "Yeah. This is it. This is the boy. This is the
AS: You started the recording back at the end
of 2010, and you released the album last year. Now you've had time
to live with it, what were you most pleased about?
TM: When you release an album, it's out there,
it's for everyone to hear, and it's not your baby anymore. And
you're very proud. When you're in the studio creating it, sharing
with just a few mates or whoever - it gives them a blast and it's
great… But once it's out there, it's really out there… and it's
just crazy, really. The other night, me and Serg were on the tour
bus, we actually put our record on - Velociraptor! - and we had a
jazz-cigarette and we had a chat, and we listened to it. The
album was so beautiful and colorful. We gave ourselves a nice pat
on the back. We don't really do that a lot, but we did. I was,
"Ain't that great?" And he was like, "Yeah, that's great, Tom.
Wow!" And that was a "Well done". But, your question... the thing
I'm most proud of on the record?…oh wow... the whole thing is great
really. I like "Neon Noon." - the last song on the album. It's kind
of Pink Floyd, "Wish You Were Here." Serg said that, anyway: It's
To read to full interview go to www.buzzinemusic.com