Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno: ‘People still think we’re boozy knob head lad-rock dicks’

The mainman also lays into long-gone indie troupe The Cooper Temple Clause

Kasabian mainman Serge Pizzorno has said that people’s biggest misconception about his band is that they are “boozy knob head lad-rock dicks”.

The multi-instrumentalist, who was speaking in today’s (June 29) Metro, said that though and his bandmates were sure they’d moved beyond criticisms like that, the perception was still hanging around.

Asked what the biggest misconception about his band was, Pizzorno replied: “That we’re boozy knob head lad-rock dicks – but when we release albums such as ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’, people are surprised. It’s always made us laugh. Those first few articles people write about you stay with your forever. It’s annoying but it’s good to surprise people. Some journalists just rehash all that stuff even if it’s not the truth.”

Pizzorno also spoke about the band’s early touring experiences and hit out at long split-up indie band The Cooper Temple Clause, who he said treated his band “like shit”.

Asked what his worst gig had been, Pizzorno replied: “Playing with the Cooper Temple Clause in Wrexham when we first started. The gig was fine but they were miserable bastards. We were a young band and they’d had singles out – they treated us like shit. I remember thinking: ‘I’m not turning out like those fuckers.’ Musicians should try to help each other out. The ones who are too cool for that soon disappear but there are some who slip through the net and annoy you forever.”

Pizzorno also named Schwarzenegger and Carol Vorderman as the band’s strangest celebrity fans, saying: “Arnold Schwarzenegger said he works out to one of our albums, which is pretty mad. And Carol Vorderman – that’s a crazy pair. We played a show at The Box in London and she was in the audience. I looked out and scanned through the crowd and thought: ‘Fucking hell, that’s Carol Vorderman.'”

Meanwhile, Kasabian released a new live DVD and album on Monday (June 25). The package, which is titled ‘Live!: Live At The O2’ was filmed during the band’s show at London’s 20,000 capacity O2 Arena on December 15 last year. It comes with a documentary about the band’s arena tour, which is titled ‘I Hear Voices’.

Kasabian will headline Reading And Leeds Festivals later this summer and 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.