When Kasabian first started, it felt like the next generation of British rock 'n' roll bands were always there, you know? There was this constant stream of what was going to happen next. But now it feels like it has slowed down, and almost come to a standstill. I don’t know what I put that down to. Perhaps it's got something to do with the fact people can make music at home and don't need to form bands as much anymore. People prefer to just do it on their computers as a two-piece rather than a band. It just seems like that stream has been cut short.
Is '48:13' the album to give it a kick up the backside? I love this record, but that's for the people to decide. You can will it. I’d like to think '48:13' could be the spark which makes kids just go 'bang!' It’s also a glimpse of what rock music can be: it doesn’t have to just be churning out the same ideas, same sounds, and same riffs that you know, you can embrace other things and experiment and you can make something that sounds new. I’m really excited for young bands to hear this record.
For the main part, with the bands that have come through recently, there has been a bit of a lack of imagination. There’s still some great things bubbling under, but as far as something that has come in new, that’s taken my head off? I quite like that Fat White Family. I like their sound and I'm interested to see how it develops but there’s not a great deal going on. Rock 'n' roll needs to up its game.
I didn't see Alex Turner's rock 'n' roll speech at The Brits, but I heard a lot of people talking about it. Of course he wanted to make that moment that people talk about, he was at the Brits! That's it for me though, British rock 'n' roll needs to up its game, and of course rock 'n' roll will never die. That’s obvious. I just think there’s so much more out there for it, it just needs a kick up the arse or something. It needs igniting.
It's a big few weeks for British rock 'n' roll. With the album coming out and the homecoming show in Leicester and headlining Glastonbury hopefully it'll be the spark which will ignite that. Everything [around '48:13'] has been done our way; it's not meat and potatoes rock music, it's not those same old riffs and same old sounds. This might be tempting something, but it could be an awakening.
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