Posts Tagged ‘Kasabian’

Another year of the Reading & Leeds festival has passed and it’s another year I’m glad I watched from the comfort of my settee. Any twang of envy felt observing the human pyramids is dismissed with the unwelcome memory of wading in human effluent and resorting to rip-off greasy burgers. Now, let’s talk music: who were the Festival Republic stars of 2012 and who deserves to be detained in the Lock Up, key thrown away?

Endeavouring to steer clear of endorsing the same bands, I must nevertheless give nods to Florence and the Machine & The Black Keys. Flo’ flourished in her main stage slot, prancing about the floor as balletic as ever, the day two deluge failing to dampen her spirits. The rabbit-hearted, ex-art school Welch also entertained when giving her security guard the slip.

Meanwhile, Black Keys’ showcased their 7th sleeve El Camino (“the way”) which has helped pave “their route” to mainstream success. Dan Auerbach ground out the bluesy guitars whilst Patrick Carney pounded the percussions like they were bin lids. Such has been the Keys’ parachuting to stardom, teenage girls were spotted wearing self-decorated t-shirts sporting the messages “I’m Howlin’ for You Dan” and “Dan, I’ll be your Next Girl!” The opening two numbers did not disappoint.

As for the headliners? The Cure were a bore – Robert Smith‘s pallid appearance threatening to actually make boys cry…  Kasabian were also something of a mixed bag. Fire caught on but for the most part Meighan and co looked subdued. Fortunate then that Foo Fighters‘ three hour closing stint was a true lesson in rock & roll brilliance.

Lowlight of the week, perhaps, came from the lips of Fearne ‘amazing’ Cotton when she hailed The Hives set in the NME Tent as “so live”. Sometimes it is just better to say nothing. Quite how “so live” distinguishes The Hives from the 200-or-so other, very much live acts performing over the weekend is a mystery! Maybe miming is secretly more widespread at festivals than we are led to believe… The freeze-frame with which The Hives finished mirrored the astonishment on my chops whenJubilee sickbagCotton dropped this latest cherry.

Excited I am (Yoda talk) to announce the launch of Monograph TV: a media-rammed “television platform” which aims to promote fresh musical talent from the city that KasabianShowaddywaddy call home – Leicester!

Monograph TV is the latest branch of The Monograph empire, which, as I type, (it’s proliferating so quickly) encompasses a blazing hot Monograph website and a quarterly-released, ever-expanding Monograph newspaper (print edition).

Already featuring interviews with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Charlie & The Martyrs and the prodigiously talented ska ensemble By The Rivers, Monograph TV has sprung to life faster than a David Attenborough documentary.

To submit a music video, interview, documentary, live performance, studio rehearsal, busking set, podcast, or any other type of media that my incomprehensible mind cannot yet fathom, follow the instructions here to get it uploaded and online: http://www.themonograph.co.uk/tv/submit

DO NOT FORGET – although Monograph TV covers Leicester acts primarily, the famous Summer Sundae festival hosted on De Montfort Gardens sees a whole variety of country-wide bands flood into the Jewry Wall boundaries. Therefore anything from any associated band would be welcomed with open arms like the return to Leicester City of long-lost son Emile Heskey!

Visit: http://www.themonograph.co.uk/tv/

TheLeicester act, now officially a quintet, opened with Days Are Forgotten and finished by dishing up a feathery serving ofVelociraptor!.

Also performing on Later with Jools last night was rapper Jermaine Scott AKA Wretch 32. Wretch hit fame for his Example of Unorthodox ways and his equally controversial comments made during the July riots. “Wish I was there” Scott tweeted, referring to the Tottenham riots, staged in protest to the police shooting of Mark Duggan. Most would agree that Scott’s statement was Wretchedly mistimed/miscalculated. Little did he know the events that night would spark nationwide looting and infernos.

Here Wretch releases a different kind of verbal volley in the form of Don’t Go, the number single featuring  Josh Kumra. It’s not bad either; a bit wet, a bit camp but not a bit bad. Pajama Club also caught the eye with their groovy effort Tell Me What You Want.

Watch Jools, series 39 episode 2 here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b015fjym/Later_Live…_with_Jools_Holland_Series_39_Episode_2/

Velociraptor! – the fourth album produced by Kasabian was released yesterday. By no means is it a dinosaur of an album, but neither does it suggest the Leicester band’s success is heading towards extinction.

First questions first: the name? According to lead vocalist Tom Meighan the album is so titled because “it’s a cool word… Latin… prehistoric”. Meighan has clearly done his background for Velociraptor means ‘fast hunter’ in the language of the Romans. And it surely won’t be long before Kasabian’s burgeoning fanbase pounce on this latest effort and propel it to the top of the album charts.

Contrary to what you would expect from an album named after a reptile, Velociraptor! doesn’t take long to warm up. Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To is an intriguing opening track as it totally contradicts the classic Kasabian song formula. At times it echoes of Last Shadow Puppets‘ orchestral pop, far removed from their typical electronica overtones. Following in this vein are La Fee Verte and Goodbye Kiss, where it’s surprising to hear Meighan, a caged tiger of a live performer, singing about love. “I hope someday that we meet again” he purrs over tambourine clatters in the 60’s-belonging ballad. 

The sharply-named pre-release Switchblade Smiles reverts more to type, relying on a heavy assortment of bass which parallels Club Foot. In fact it’s so similar to that  it could well be the same song played backwards. Still it’s catchy enough for FIFA 12. It also features on Match of the Day 2, something which will please guitarist Serge Pizzorno – a decent footballer in his prime. Remember this?

New single Days are Forgotten lacks the creativity of a typical Kasabian number and is consequently staler than a week-old loaf of bread. BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams compares the #28 single to the OK Computer days of Radiohead which the band gratefully accept as a “huge compliment. Personally I count that as an admission of a 4 minute durge.

Title track Velociraptor! adds pace and bite to proceedings with a clever riff and an explosive, comical chorus of “Velociraptor, he’s gonna find yer, he’s gonna kill yer, he’s gonna eat yer”. Elsewhere Re-wired reacquaints with the space rock genre while Acid Turkish Bath with its Arabian influences wouldn’t be out of place in a desert crossing of a Middle Eastern film.

After playing with Fire in West Ryder… Kasabian show here that they have plenty of other tricks in their act. Songwriter Pizzorno describes it as a “jukebox record”. I wouldn’t advise skipping through any of this selection.