Kasabian, ‘Switchblade Smiles’ – Track Review

True to form, Kasabian have been making some bold claims about their upcoming fourth album – which we now know is called ‘Velociraptor!’ (gotta love that exclam) and is out in September.

They reckon it’s “heavy” and “squares up to you.” They also say it’s a “jukebox album”, in the sense that every song’s a potential smash.

Well now we can test the truth of some of those claims, since they just premiered a track from the album, ‘Switchblade Smiles’ on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show. You can stream it below. It’s also available as a free download when you pre-order the album.

First impression? They’ve only gone a bit Crystal Castles!

At least, it starts off that way, all 8-bit and arpeggiated, before settling into a (slightly) more familiar aggro-rock groove, anchored by a hefty-yet-brittle guitar riff and the satisfying hook, “Can you feel it coming (OOF!)… can you feel it coming (OOF!)”.


See? You’re bellowing it already. But this is no brainless lad anthem (even if it does feature a geezerish lyric about “your feet stomping round the room”).

‘Switchblade Smiles’ is druggy, unpredictable, and really quite thrilling, constantly screeching round unexpected melodic corners. Best bit, though? Tom’s haggard scream around the 1 minute mark.

Festival-goers can expect to hear this track, and more from Kasabian’s fourth album ‘Velociraptor!’, at the Isle Of Wight this weekend, where ‘Switchblade Smiles’ will no doubt trigger Prodigy-esque crowd mayhem.

Here’s Kasabian’s video guide to Isle Of Wight Festival 2011:

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Kasabian’s new album ‘Velociraptor!’: release date September 2011