May 26, 2012 9:54
Kasabian's Tom Meighan: 'One Direction are five little dicks' Kasabian Tickets
Singer says it's 'frustrating' to see boyband crack America
The frontman told Gigwise that, with he and his bandmates playing "fucking gruelling" Stateside tours to achieve success over the pond, it was "frustrating" to see the boyband rise to stardom so quickly in the US.
One Direction made US chart history earlier this year (March 21) when they became the first British act to enter the Billboard albums chart at Number One with their debut album, but Meighan said of the group:
It's frustrating when you see five little dicks like that take over America, it's horrific but you've just got to get on with it. They're a boyband for God's sake and there will always be room for boybands. They're kids. Let them eat the candy.
Discussing Kasabian's attempts to crack the US market, meanwhile, he said: "We went to America and it was a harsh fucking tour we did. We did nearly eight weeks out there and it was fucking gruelling. It was the hardest we've ever been pushed. We did well, we won the war on terror on that one. We've got to keep going back and back."
Kasabian will release a new live DVD and album next month. The package, which is titled 'Live!: Live At The O2', will come out on June 25 and was filmed during the band's show at London's 20,000 capacity O2 Arena on December 15 last year. It will also come with a documentary about the band's arena tour, which is titled 'I Hear Voices'.
Kasabian were recently added to the bill for BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend event and will headline Reading And Leeds Festivals later this summer.
Kasabian are also playing T In The Park, which is taking place from July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.
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