When I was eighteen my boyfriend at the time was obsessed with this song called “Clubfoot”. He used to hum it constantly and it used to drive me insane. I searched for this song on MySpace (yes, way back when) and it was by a little known band called Kasabian. At this point I discovered their song “Reason Is Treason” and I started to like them too. Then me and said boyfriend broke up and I hated Kasabian for very, very immature reasons.
The band later released “Underdog” and although deep down to this day I still regard it as one of the best songs I’ve ever heard, I instead told everyone at the time that I hated it. I’m pretty sure they knew that I was just being a woman scorned but whatevz.
A few years later, I was at Big Day Out and I ran into said ex-boyfriend. Luckily for the sake of my sanity he didn’t want to talk to me because he was watching the band on the stage. This band was Kasabian. What are the odds? I know.
But this is where I discovered that they were actually pretty good and that the lead singer (Sergio Pizzorno) is a flipping babe and that saying this loudly in front of the ex-boyfriend would not make him jealous, it would just make me look like a woman still scorned. Again, whatevz.
A few more years later and Kasabian have released their new album 48:13 (the name relates to the running time of the album. Creativity.). The album starts off with a short instrumental that immediately drops into “bumblebee” and reinstates Kasabian’s typically English-indie sound that has had our heads bopping all of these years.
48:13 takes electronic elements of their previous album Velociraptor! and marries it in with their earlier and more indie-rock work on West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum and Empire. It’s an album that experiments with sounds between songs and is an album that presents a complete soundscape as opposed to just a collection of songs. Every sound leads into the next track and every track into the next sound.
The traces of synth melody lines over the impeccable work of drummer, Ian Matthews, are what hold this album and Kasabian’s sound together, which is something between rock, indie, electronic and a mushroom risotto (with special mushrooms).
You feel like you are on a dance floor, everything is blurry, everything is smoked out but you are holding yourself up and you are having the time of your life. “treats” and “eez-eh” are the kind of tracks that set this mood up perfectly.
Toward the end of the album Kasabian show us their versatility in conveying emotion through their music with the track “bow”. A bit of a downer that still appears like an upper, we’re still feeling good as Pizzorno talks about a break-up.
Kasabian is back. Kasabian is back. Kasabian is back to get our Saturday nights up and going once again.
Kasabian is back. And Sergio Pizzorno is still a babe.
Hometown: Leicester, England.
Latest album: 48:13 released June, 2014.
Sounds like: Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, Beady Eye.
Say what?: The band is named after Linda Kasabian who was Charles Manson’s getaway driver in the notorious Sharon Tate murders.
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