British rock act Kasabian will release its second album, "Empire," Sept. 19 via RCA.

British rock act Kasabian will release its second album, "Empire," Sept. 19 via RCA. The set recently debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, while the title track opened at No. 9 on the U.K. singles tally. After relentless touring over the past three years, the band retreated to Rockfield Studios in Wales for the recording.

"We recorded it in about six weeks," lead singer Tom Meighan explains to Billboard.com. "It wasn't a conscious decision to stay in for a long time and it really flew lovely in the studio. It was quite nice -- we got away from all the madness from the tour and felt almost like kids again."

A video for "Empire" includes "Apocolypse Now"-style imagery, which has led some to believe Kasabian have crafted anti-war album. But Meighan disputes the notion. "This is about going against the grain of rock'n'roll. We just wanted a lot of bombs going off in the video."

Meighan also describes "Empire" as being "much more human this time around" as opposed to the "pure pot smoking hazy lyrics" of the band's self-titled debut. "I think we made a better record this time," he says. "We had better instruments; I suppose that's the key factor."

Kasabian will return to the states next week for a month-long tour with Danish band Mew.