Kasabian’s 2017 album: everything we know so far

Everything we know about the new album from Leicester's future rock heroes Kasabian.

Having stepped into Oasis’ loafers as the festival-conquering rock behemoths of the age, Kasabian are set to follow-up their none-more-pink 2014 album ’48:13’ with a sixth album in 2017. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

When will the new Kasabian album be released?

When discussing the album in mid-2016, having begun recording the Strongroom Studios in December 2015, the band expected the record to be released in the autumn. However, come December, a spokesperson claimed they were still finishing the new album. The band have been confirmed for Reading & Leeds 2017 and Serge has now confirmed that the album is finished.

What will it sound like?

Serge Pizzorno has described the record as “going back to our guitar roots” and likened the record to defining their core sound in the form of an obscure metaphor. “Lennon said The Beatles’ version of rock & roll was their chair,” he said. “So I thought ‘Wow, I want to make my version of that chair.’” Tom Meighan has also hinted at a less experimental direction than ’48:13’. “Serge played me the demos and I was ‘Fucking hell!’” he said. “It’s nothing like ’48:13’. There’s no fucking interludes or any of that shit.”

The band have listed influences on the record including Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. Tom has also said of a track called ‘Good Fight’, “[It’s] unbelievable, like a David Bowie song.” Of the six songs the band have discussed for the album – ‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’, ‘Put Your Life On It’, ‘24/7’, ‘Comeback Kid’, ‘Good Fight’ and ‘All Through The Night’ – only two have so far emerged. Playing the King Power Stadium in Leicester in May 2016 they debuted ‘Put Your Life On It’, a mid-tempo acoustic rock ballad accompanied by a gospel choir that built to an anthemic, Beatles-like finale. Meighan has described the song as “as good as ‘Let It Be’ – it’ll make you cry”. ‘Comeback Kid’ was announced as appearing on the forthcoming video game FIFA 17, and subsequently leaked in September 2016, suggesting a driving northern soul/glam feel.

Speaking to NME, Serge offered more updates on the record, confirming that this album will be more guitar-heavy.“Well, I fell in love with the guitar again. I was listening to ESG and Talking Heads and in that kind of world, then it just took on a life of its own. I just wanted to make a guitar record that was relevant and important. It’s been a while since that happened. We always react against our previous work. I did massively experimental synth work on the last record so I just looked at my Rickenbacker in the corner of the studio and thought ‘that’s what I’m gonna do’. I just started smashing tunes out on that.”

He also revealed that the album is set to have an epic closer: “They’re both bangers. I’m sure they’ll be singles along the way. You know they’re just going to hit people in the face really hard, and that’s just beautiful to have on a record. One of the tracks I’ve saved right until the end. I love that, when you think you’ve figured an album out then you get right to the end and you go ‘fuck!’ We did it with ‘Fire’ on ‘West Ryder’. I love that move.”

 

Have we seen the artwork yet?

No artwork has yet been released.

What’s it called?

No title has been confirmed.

What have they been doing since ’48:13′?

Besides touring for the album, including a well-received headline slot at Glastonbury 2014, and collecting Best Album and Best band awards at the 2015 NME Awards, the band played a short tour in May 2016, leading up to two shows at Leicester City’s ground to celebrate their team’s Premier League win. They also played at the team’s victory parade in Leicester’s Victoria Park. Serge guested on Malachai’s album ‘Beyond Ugly’ in 2014.

 

Will they tour this year?

Kasabian have already announced several show for the rest of the year. Here’s where you can see them