With 18 new songs written for its sophomore album, U.K. rock outfit Kasabian is torn between looking forward to recording the project this fall and also making the most of its current supporting State
With 18 new songs written for its sophomore album, U.K. rock outfit Kasabian is torn between looking forward to recording the project this fall and also making the most of its current supporting Stateside gig for Oasis.
"It's great really -- this is the last tour we're doing this year," frontman Tom Meighan tells Billboard.com. "It's incredible to be finishing off with our heroes, Oasis. And the Jet boys are all great. We love playing music live and America is just another place. It's so hard to cover the whole ground. It's a big space. But it's been an amazing year."
Currently on its fourth U.S. tour, Kasabian has enjoyed a warm reception for the electronica-imbued Britrock sound of its self-titled RCA debut, which was released in March. Meighan characterizes the electronically enhanced noises found on the disc as a different ingredient added to its contemporary sounding music.
"I think it's almost like a cake and that's some of the sugar on top," Meighan says. "That's what kind of role it is. Some of our favorite records are Kraftwerk and stuff like that. We just added that over the top and it just makes it sound interesting, but we're not an electronic band."
Kasabian will cap the year with the upcoming "Live at Brixton Academy" DVD, due to be released in November. As for the next album, Meighan says it won't be as choppy as the band's debut, which featured many first takes and few overdubs. New tunes include "Shoot the Runner" and "Stuntman," the latter of which is currently getting stage time.
"The time has come where everyone thinks, 'What are we going to do next?'" Meighan says. "So, we're going to surprise a lot of people with the [next] record and it's going to be a thousand times better than the first record. We're really pumped."
He adds, "It's going to be more organic, an absolutely sexy rock'n'roll album and a very, very incredible record. I can promise you that."