The artwork for Kasabian's new album 'For Crying Out Loud'

Kasabian explain the bizarre album artwork for ‘For Crying Out Loud’

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'As soon as the label are like ‘oh, we’re not sure’ then you know it’s great and it’s going to work'

Kasabian have explained the bizarre artwork for their new album ‘For Crying Out Loud’. Watch our interview with guitarist Serge Pizzorno above.

The band release their sixth album next month. Many fans were shocked by the bold cover, showing a topless old man who’s clearly quite distressed.

“It’s a picture of our roadie Rick Graham, he’s been with us about 12 or 13 years. He says ‘for crying out loud’ quite a lot,” Pizzorno told NME. “He’s an old, cantankerous man – but also the most beautiful man you’ll ever meet. He’s got stories from back in the day. He’s seen it all and been round the world more times than anyone. I really wanted to immortalise him. I was watching this Francis Bacon interview and he said he only drew people that he knew because he knew their faces. This is our way of letting people into our world. I love the idea that there’s this 70-year old man on our record, there’s something beautiful about it.

“He said ‘it’ll never happen because the label won’t allow it’…As soon as the label are like ‘oh, we’re not sure’ then you know it’s great and it’s going to work.”

Kasabian's album artwork for 'For Crying Out Loud'

Kasabian’s album artwork for ‘For Crying Out Loud’

Serge also told NME about their decision to make a more guitar-heavy album.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Kasabian release ‘For Crying Out Loud’ on 5 May. This summer sees them perform at BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend, TRNSMT Festival and Reading & Leeds.