Kasabian are an English rock band from Leicester, formed by Tom Meighan (vocals), Sergio Pizzorno (guitar and vocals), Chris Edwards (bass), Chris Karloff (Keyboards and Guitar) and Ash Hannis (drums) who left shortly before the release of the first album. During the recording of the band's second album, the drummer Ian Matthews became a permanent member. Shortly after this, Chris Karloff was asked to leave due to "creative differences". He was replaced during the recording of their third album by Jay Mehler.
The band has been compared with the likes of Primal Scream, with whom they share an electronica-indie rock fusion, and The Stone Roses and Oasis, with whom they share confidence, swagger and rough vocal style.
In the early days Tom Meighan used to post on the Libertines.org forum for short notice gigs and to promote his band.
The single Club Foot (written in the early years of the band forming) is the band's most widely-recognised track, often ending their live sets or featuring in encores.
Kasabian featured at Glastonbury 2005 on the 'Other Stage'.
Kasabian won the Best Live Act award at the 2007 NME Awards. After receiving the award, Meighan had said: "This is the first award we've ever won, so about fucking time! Thank you NME!"
The band finished touring supporting the new album, playing at many festivals, including Isle of Wight Festival in June 2007, second from top on the Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury Festival. On 7 July 2007 Kasabian performed as part of the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London. The following night the band headlined the NME stage at the T in the Park festival in Kinross, Scotland. The band ended 2007 by playing a 1 hour set at Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher joined the band on stage to play guitar on the last 3 songs of the set.
During the making of their third album, they recruited live replacement Jay Mehler as a permanent member of Kasabian.
When asked about the direction of the album, frontman Tom Meighan explained, “It all joins together which is beautiful, there’s no gaps in it, it’s very psychedelic, there’s very much elements of the first but it’s a more distant sounding Kasabian than we have been with the last two albums.” He also spoke of the title, “It’s a loony title mate, but we have a couple of titles and we have picked one that has lots of words, it’s a tongue twister!” The band also headlined the Main Stage at Creamfields in Daresbury,England, debuting 'Fire', a contender for the new record. This was followed by a set at the Hydro Connect festival in Inverary, Scotland.
Fans are awaiting news of the third album by Kasabian. The band had been scheduled for an early 2008 release but it appears now that the CD will be released in late 2008/early 2009, potential tracks include 'Take Aim', 'West Rider Silver Bullet', 'Where did all the love go' and the aforementioned 'Fast Fuse' and 'Fire'.
|UK Singles Chart||UK Download Chart||US Modern Rock|
|2004||"Reason Is Treason"||Kasabian||-||-||-|
|"L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)"||10||-||32|
|"Club Foot (reissue)"||21||36||-|
|"Shoot The Runner"||17||29||-|
|2007||"Me Plus One"||22||-||-|
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