Kasabian Performing in the England Old and New Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston March 2012
I got into Kasabian when I lived in Manchester. At the time, they were giving Oasis a real run for their money in terms of cockiness and wanting to be ‘the best band’ since the Beatles in the late 90′s early 2000. Look no matter how brassy you are – no one can out run Oasis when it comes to Mancunian big mouthedness.
I fell for their sound purely because of the resemblances to The Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays, The Farm etc. Very northern indeed.
Their sound? Very english. Very laddish. Big guitars segued into deep beats. I often listen to them when I’m cooking or getting ready to go out.
The band was formerly called Saracuse and started recording at Bedrock Studios in Leicester where Chris Edwards worked as an engineer. The original band members all hailed from Countesthorpe and Blaby, and the band formed while Pizzorno and Meighan were attending Countesthorpe Community College. The influence of The Stone Roses can be heard in their first jams. The first demo EP was produced by Scott Gilbert and handed to the band late on 24 December 1998. Three songs were recorded live: ‘Whats Going On’, ‘Life of Luxury’ and ‘Shine On’.
The band were soon spotted and changed their name to Kasabian, after Linda Kasabian, a member of the Charles Manson cult (aka the Manson “family”) famous for serving as his getaway driver. In an interview with Ukula, bassist Chris Edwards explained how the former guitarist Chris Karloff picked the name. Reading up on Charles Manson, the Kasabian name stuck with Karloff. “He just thought the word was cool, it literally took about a minute after the rest of us heard it… so it was decided,” says Edwards.
They unfortunatley never got really big here in Canada – which surprises me because we are so keen on English imports. Ah well. When I was in France a few years ago I bought a box set of their three albums for me and my friend Andrew. I don’t know if he ever fell for them but I remember getting a text from him one Christmas eve saying ‘so this is Kasabian’.
I found the above picture of them on FB while they were in Boston. Indeed looking a lot older and perhaps wiser they are still touring. Good on them.