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Kasabian

Kasabian performing in Paris on 23 February 2007
Background information
Origin Countesthorpe, Leicestershire, England
Genres Alternative rock
Indie Rock
Space rock
Neo-psychedelia
Electronica
Years active 1998–present
Labels RCA (2003–2005)
Columbia (2005–present)
Website http://www.kasabian.co.uk/
Members
Tom Meighan
Sergio Pizzorno
Chris Edwards
Ian Matthews
Former members
Ash Hannis
Christopher Karloff

Kasabian are a BRIT Award-winning British indie rock band that formed in Countesthorpe, Leicestershire in 1999.[1] Originally comprising vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and keyboardist Christopher Karloff, guitarist and backing vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, bassist Chris Edwards and drummer Ash Hannis, the band has released three studio albumsKasabian (2004), Empire (2006) and West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009). The band currently features Meighan, Pizzorno, Edwards and drummer Ian Matthews, who replaced Hannis in 2004.

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Early years (1999–2002)

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.[2][3] 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 1999. Their first public appearance was at the Vipers Rugby Club to celebrate Chris' 18th birthday with family and friends. 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.[4]

Debut album (2003–2005)

Their eponymous debut album was released in the UK on 13 September 2004 receiving good sales and generally positive reviews. During the recording, the band lived in a farmhouse near Rutland Water to avoid being disturbed.[citation needed] Kasabian featured at Glastonbury Festival 2005 on the 'Other Stage'[5].

Despite having two prior single releases with debut single "Processed Beats" and lead single "Reason Is Treason", it was their third single release "Club Foot" that finally gave Kasabian success in the singles charts. The song, which was written in the early years of Kasabian, went on to enjoy both critical and commercial success, becoming one of the band's best loved songs, and being performed at nearly every Kasabian live performance since its release. The song was the theme for the skate game Tony Hawk's Project 8, Pro Evolution Soccer 5 and WRC: Rally Evolved, as well as being featured in the movies The Guardian and Goal!.

"Reason Is Treason" was featured in the games Gran Turismo 4 on the PlayStation 2 and Shaun White Snowboarding on the Xbox 360. "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)" was featured in the game FIFA 2004 also on the PlayStation 2.

Empire (2006–2007)

During the recording of Kasabian's second album, Empire, Christopher Karloff, one of the band's chief songwriters, had "artistic and creative differences" and was asked to leave the band, according to the band's website, although there is evidence to suggest that Christopher Karloff left due to personal circumstances.[6] He had contributed his writing skills to three of the songs on Empire (the title track, which went on to be the first single released from the album, and also By My Side and Stuntman). The album itself was released in the UK on 28 August 2006. The band recruited once temporary drummer, Ian Matthews, as a permanent member of the band. In October 2006, Kasabian recorded a live session for Live from Abbey Road at the famed studios. The song "Empire", a self-described 'call to arms' and the first single from the album of the same name, reached Number 9 on the UK charts, based on downloads sales alone, and with only six days airplay. It stayed in the top 10 for 4 weeks. It was exclusively played on BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe show in July 2006 and immediately made available for internet download.

The album seems to focus on the horrors of war, and the problems of waging it. "Shoot the Runner" reached Number 17 in the British charts. A third single, "Me Plus One", was released on 2 January 2007.

Kasabian won the Best Live Act award at the 2007 NME Awards. After receiving the award, Meighan said: "This is the first award we've ever won, so about fucking time! Thank you NME!" [7]

The band finished touring supporting the new album, playing at many festivals, including Isle of Wight Festival in June 2007, and second from top on the Pyramid Stage at 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.

The single "Shoot the Runner" was featured on the multi-platform game Saints Row 2.

West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2008–present)

The band released an EP titled Fast Fuse in late 2007 which featured the songs "Fast Fuse" and "Thick As Thieves", however the EP was not given any promotion or advertisement. Both tracks are featured in their third album. "Fast Fuse" was also included in the soundtrack to the video game FIFA 09[8], and was the official theme song of a WWE pay-per-view event, Cyber Sunday 2007. It is also now used as the main soundtrack on BBC Three's show, Russell Howard's Good News.

Kasabian started work on their third album in late 2007. Prior to release, the band said that their third album would contain an early Pink Floyd-influenced song that "sounds like Syd Barrett."[9] For the album the band recruited American hip hop and electronica producer Dan The Automator, who is best known for his work on the first Gorillaz album. On 5 March 2009, albumvote.co.uk revealed that the album title would be West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum with the release date set for 8 June 2009.

They played a number of intimate warm-up gigs where they previewed songs off their new album starting in Margate on 23 March, Preston on 24 March and Leeds on 25 March, before their Teenage Cancer Trust performance at the Royal Albert Hall, on 27 March 2009. On 20 April, it was announced that Kasabian would play The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2009 before headliner Bruce Springsteen, as his special guests. This will be the second time they have sub headlined the event in 3 years. It was announced that Kasabian cancelled their Irish date at Live At The Marquee in Cork scheduled for 21 June due to "promotional commitments". It later emerged that the band had decided attending The British Grand Prix at Silverstone on this day was more important.

On 25 March 2009, it was revealed on Kasabian's website that the song "Vlad the Impaler" would be available for free download for a period of 4 days beginning 31 March. The album's first official physical single was the track "Fire", which was released on 1 June 2009. The promo video for "Vlad the Impaler" stars Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh fame playing the title character[10] and was directed by Richard Ayoade. "Underdog" was featured along with Kaká, in a Sony Bravia MotionFlow television commercial.

Sunday 7 June 2009 saw "Fire" being the highest new entry reaching number 3 on the UK Top 40.

On 11 June 2009, it was reported that the band wanted to film a concert for a DVD release, and they would like acclaimed film director Quentin Tarantino to direct it. The band worked with Rosario Dawson on their third album, and said they asked her to ask Tarantino if it would be possible for him to do so.[11]

On 14 June 2009, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum reached number one in the UK top 40 charts. The album spent a second week at number one in the UK a week later.

Serge has mentioned that if he were to get put into some sort of mental asylum, it would be for "setting up a tent in Buckingham Palace, the Queen's house."[12]

The band made history on 15 August 2009 when they were featured alongside The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Raygun, Boys Like Girls and Pixie Lott as one of the live acts at Asia's very first MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia concert that was held in Malaysia[13].

It was announced on 29 September 2009 that the band would be playing the Australian-New Zealand touring festival Big Day Out in 2010.

West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum was shortlisted for the 2009 Mercury Prize, and was named 'Best Album' at the 2009 Q Awards.[14] Zane Lowe has also declared it to be his favourite album of 2009.[15]

Kasabian's West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum UK Tour runs throughout November 2009.

The band will also headline 2010 T in the Park music festival, 2010 Open'er Festival and are rumoured to be performing at the V Festival in August 2010. On 23 February 2010 Kasabian were announced to headline Ireland's famous rock'n'roll Festival Oxegen that will take place on 9-11 July.

Their song Fire came in at number 17 in the Australian Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009 with Where Did All the Love Go? coming in at 51 and Underdog coming in at number 85.[16][17]

Kasabian became the first ever band to launch an England football shirt when they revealed the new England away shirt in Paris on February 8th 2010 at the Olympia theatre. Tom Meighan wore the red shirt, made by Umbro, for the first time during the encore as he belted out "Fire".[18]

The band won "Best Group" at the 2010 Brit Awards, where walking on to the stage to receive the award Meighan cemented himself in the history books by slipping and falling on his back, while the show was being aired live on television to the UK.

On 24 February 2010, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum won Best Album and Best Album Artwork at the NME Awards.

Band members

Current members
  • Tom Meighan – lead vocals (1999–present)
  • Sergio Pizzorno – guitar, backing vocals (1999–present)
  • Chris Edwards – bass (1999–present)
  • Ian Matthews – drums (2004–present)
Former members
Touring members
  • Jay Mehler – guitar (2006–present)
  • Ben Kealey – keyboard (2006–present)

Awards and nominations

Kasabian has found success in the UK primarily at the NME Awards, winning three awards: Best Live Band (2007) for the band, and Best Album and Best Album Artwork (2010) for the album "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum." After the release of Empire, the band received several nominations. The band won 5 awards out of 18 nominations. [19]

Brit Awards

The Brit Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1977. Kasabian received one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 Kasabian Best British Rock Act Nominated
2005 Kasabian Best British Live Act Nominated
2005 Kasabian Best British Group Nominated
2006 Kasabian Best British Rock Act Nominated
2007 Kasabian Best British Live Act Nominated
2007 Kasabian Best British Group Nominated
2010 Kasabian Best British Group Won
2010 West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Mastercard British Album Nominated

Q Awards

The Q Awards are the UK's annual music awards run by music magazine, Q. Kasabian won one award.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2004 Kasabian Best New Act Nominated
2006 Empire Best Video Nominated
2007 Kasabian Best Live Act Nominated
2009 Kasabian Best Live Act Nominated
2009 Fire Best Track Nominated
2009 West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Best Album Won

NME Awards

The NME Awards is an annual music awards show founded by music magazine, NME. Kasabian won three awards.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2007 Kasabian Best Live Band Won
2010 Kasabian Best Live Band Nominated
2010 West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Best Album Won
2010 West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Best Album Artwork Won

Discography

References

  1. ^ "Gallagher 'is not joining Kasabian'", Leicester Mercury, 3 November 2009
  2. ^ "Kasabian on tour with Oasis", Leicester Mercury, 17 October 2008
  3. ^ Turnell, Cat (2005) "We're grafters, not lazy gits", Leicester Mercury, 2005
  4. ^ "Kasabian interviewed at Ukula". http://www.ukula.com/TorontoArticle.aspx?SectionID=2&ObjectID=1465&CityID=3. 
  5. ^ BBC.co.uk – Glastonbury 2004
  6. ^ "Kasabian Official Website". http://www.kasabian.co.uk/news/236/-/24/. Retrieved 2006-07-17. 
  7. ^ "Kasabian win Best Live Band at Shockwaves NME Awards". NME. http://www.nme.com/news/26761. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  8. ^ "EA’s FIFA Soccer 09 soundtrack scores". EA Sports. 14 August 2008. http://www.fifa09.ea.com/us/readnews/entryid/25050. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  9. ^ Third Kasabian album influenced by Syd Barrett and Hip-Hop – GIGWISE
  10. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/kasabian/43821
  11. ^ http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/kasabians-tarantino-wish_1106165
  12. ^ Kasabian Interview: Underdogs No More, the British Rock Rebels Are On Fire http://www.mtvasia.com/News/200908/21018364.html
  13. ^ MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia http://worldstage.mtvasia.com
  14. ^ "On the Couch with Kasabian", Leicester Mercury, 26 November 2009
  15. ^ Gonzo(tv show)- end of year review show.
  16. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/09/countdown/cd_17.htm
  17. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/09/countdown/cd_91-100.htm
  18. ^ "Kasabian singer Tom unveils England away kit on stage in Paris", Leicester Mercury, 10 February 2010, retrieved 2010-02-10
  19. ^ "Kasabian awards and nominations". Metrolyrics. http://www.metrolyrics.com/kasabian-awards-featured.html. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 

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