Kasabian’s 5th record, 48:13, saw them become the dominating British rock ‘n’ roll band of 2014 and was received as one of their finest albums to date. Prior to the release of the fluorescent coloured album, the band headlined Glastonbury Festival which was arguably the most definitive step in their career so far. The charming Tom Meighan and Serge Pizzorno had the buoyant crowd in the palms of their hands throughout and surely made the case to be considered again in the future. If so, they would join an illustrious list of bands who would’ve headlined the festival on more than one occasion in the since the turn of the millennium such as Arctic Monkeys, The Who, Radiohead and many more. While this year’s headliner annual headliner guessing game has pointed us in the direction of Ed Sheeran who many assume will fill the void alongside Radiohead, with one more act still to be announced. Although it is not likely to be Kasabian given the fact they last appeared on the Pyramid Stage only three years ago and the increasing emphasis that is being put on the need for diversity, however with much uncertainty as to who will join Muse as Reading and Leeds Festival headliners, the Leicestershire outfit are strong contenders to pick up where they left off when they last topped the bill in 2012.
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Typically, a headline slot at any major festival is filled by a band or artist with nostalgic credibility, or a band or artist who are on the cusp of releasing an album and supposedly Kasabian fall in to the latter of those two. A sixth studio album from the band is set for release in 2017, which they revealed has been in the works for quite some time.
The record was finished in May, the same month that their beloved Leicester City won the Premier League title and the band celebrated by putting on a small string of huge gigs inside the King Power Stadium to mark the unbelievable feat. At those gigs, the band did tease some new music with the gospel choir featuring track ‘Put Your Life On It’. Pizzorno, is evidently proud of this new record which will undoubtedly feature the kind of charming, sing-a-long style indie ballads that we have become accustomed to over the years, and front-man Tom Meighan was quick to dismiss similarities to the previous record, saying in an interview that; “It’s nothing like ’48:13’. There’s no fucking interludes or any of that shit.” The band have seemingly gone back to their guitar roots which weren’t as prominent on ’48:13′, so it will be interesting to see how much they dip back into their archive on their newest LP.
The band say that the record features some of the best songs they have ever written, drawing inspiration from the likes of Bowie and The Beatles and the latter has always been prominent in their work. Pizzorno has spoken on many occasions about how much Lennon and McCartney have influenced his songwriting and doffed his cap to Lennon in particular once more regarding their upcoming release. He told Q magazine about how the influence of John Lennon’s ‘chair’ concept about rock music, saying that it was a char and musicians were free to make their own version of it, foreshadowing the way that rock ‘n’ roll music has evolved since sixties. Pizzorno said that “Lennon said The Beatles version of rock & roll was their chair. So I thought ‘Wow, I want to make my version of that chair“.
Kasabian have announced tour dates for Italy and Australia already for 2017, but with no UK dates announced yet, it seems as if they are sitting on something big – possibly a festival headline set, it remains to be seen but it looks set to be a huge year for the band, arguably their biggest yet.
For those in Italy, tickets can be found for their shows here: http://dalessandroegalli.com/events/436/kasabian
And for those in Australia, tickets are available here: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/kasabian-2017.aspx