Kasabian explain ‘random’ on-screen words during Glastonbury performance

"It's not complicated or cryptic in any way," commented Serge Pizzorno

Kasabian have explained the meaning behind the seemingly random words that flashed up on screen behind the band during their Glastonbury headline set.

Tom Meighan called the words – which included ‘cordial’, ‘canister’ and ‘voucher’ – “in-jokes”. Speaking to MTV, the singer said: “They’re words that I use and that Serge use that are, like, in-jokes.” Serge Pizzorno added: “It’s not complicated or cryptic in any way… There’s certain people that will recognise the words from growing up and go, ‘love that word.’ But it can’t be cool. There’s a prerequisite – if they’re cool they’re out.”

Serge explained that the band wanted to make use of the “huge screen”, but instead of using images of “psychedelic butterflies” he said “wouldn’t it be amazing if you put just one word… but the word has to relate to us growing up and things that we’d find funny.” Of the use of the word ‘cordial’, he commented: “We all like a bit of cordial. Everyone likes a bit of cordial.”

Kasabian’s latest album ’48:13′ entered the Official Album Chart at Number One last month, giving the group their fourth Number One album. The Leicester band, who also headlined Glastonbury festival last month, will hit the road in November and December, following a one-off show as part of the iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse on September 5.

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Kasabian play:

London Roundhouse (September 5)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (November 19)
Leeds First Direct Arena (21)
Birmingham LG Arena (22)
Cardiff CIA (23)
Bournemouth International Arena (25)
Brighton Centre (26)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (28)
London O2 Academy Brixton (December 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 (late-night))
Dublin O2 Arena (8)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (9)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (11)
Manchester Phones 4u Arena (12)
Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena (13)

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