Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'This Is the Best Show We've Ever Created'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'This Is the Best Show We've Ever Created'

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WHEN Kasabian released their latest album For Crying Out Loud they declared it would 'save guitar music from the abyss.' .

That laddish swagger has become their hallmark since they burst into the charts with their self-titled debut in 2004, and their latest offering is just as full of it.

But the punch-the-air exuberance of tracks like Bless This Acid House and Are You Looking For Action belie what was a dark time for frontman Tom Meighan, who had recently split from the mother of his child and lost a close friend. He has since said making the album saved his life.

"Looking back now I don't think I probably realised at the time but Tom wasn't in a good place," says guitarist and songwriter Serge Pizzorno, who wrote the album in just six weeks.

It was an 'instinctive' impulse to write an uplifting, feelgood album, he reflects. "Maybe subconsciously it was an outlet, something to lose himself into. I think that had a massive part to play in it though at the time I didn't realise it," he says.

The pair share a bond that goes back to their school days in Leicester; they've been making music together for 20 years this year.

"There's something quite special about those bands who were mates at school," Serge says. "The sense of humour has kept it together, that's the glue."

Chasing fame was a different game when Kasabian formed - then called Saracuse - in 1997, and it was seven years before they released debut single Processed Beats.

Even then, in 2004, there was no YouTube, no Twitter and Facebook was still a niche network for Harvard students. Aside from their official band accounts, Serge still prefers to swerve social media today.

"Social media is an incredible way of starting something from nothing, you don't need anything," he says. "But I also think there's a lot more pressure on bands now, it feels to me there is that sense that they are really careful with the words they choose and how they use it. …

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