It’s an entertaining prospect, interviewing Kasabian.
Simply put, Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno - the band’s respective singer and guitarist - come out with all sorts of nonsense. Preposterous, often hilarious, sometimes brilliant, but nonsense nonetheless.
“I am a cartoon, big blue eyes and big round nose. I’m the Tasmanian devil. I’m the Mickey Mouse of the band, ain’t I? And Serge is Walt Disney, he drew me,” said Meighan in a 2011 interview with NME. A few years previously, Pizzorno both compared himself to Muhammad Ali and said the band’s gigs were more like galaxies than concerts.
If you were to be cruel, you might say the description of their interview soundbites could be applied to their music, too.
They’ve just released their fifth album, 48:13, so called because that’s its total running time. It’s perhaps the most Kasabian-sounding album yet; a madcap mix of beats borrowed from hip hop, eclectic, contemporary sounds of electronica and classic Sixties psychedelia.
Last summer Pizzorno said the early stages of what would become 48:13 sounded like “future psychedelia with a mosh pit edge”. Almost a year later, the album is out - and you can hear where he was coming from.
As an album, 48:13 is almost relentlessly upbeat. From the moment it begins, there’s no let-up in tempo or aggression - until final track SPS, that is.
“It almost doesn’t fit into the rest of the album,” Pizzorno reasons of the song, “but that’s the point. It’s the bonus for people who’ve made it that far, and it brings them back down before the end.”
The band formed in 1997 in Leicester and were initially called Saracuse, until they changed their name in 2002, inspired by Linda Kasabian, a member of the infamous Charles Manson ‘Family’ cult.