Kasabian reveal ‘Tom And Jerry’ inspiration behind ‘Velociraptor!’

Serge Pizzorno reveals the strings on their fourth LP were taken from the cartoon

Kasabian mainman Serge Pizzorno has revealed that the band used a bizarre inspiration on their new album ‘Velociraptor!’.

Speaking to The Sun, Pizzorno told of how when he was collaborating with an orchestra for sections of the album and struggling to describe the sound he wanted, he offered up classic cartoon Tom And Jerry as a comparison.

Pizzorno said:

I just explained what I wanted in basic terms like, ‘You know the bit in Tom And Jerry where Jerry plays Tom’s whiskers? – that sound’, and she’d go, ‘Ah, it’s pizzicato!’ and we’d get through it like that.

‘Velociraptor!’ is released on September 19, with a single ‘Days Are Forgotten’, coming out on September 11. You can watch the band in the studio making the album by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Pizzorno has previously said that the band’s new album is very different to their previous release, 2009’s ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’.

He told NME: “It’s heavier than I thought it would be. It squares up to you and doesn’t leave you alone. It’s really in your face. It’s a real jukebox album, just tune after tune, with really strong verses and really strong choruses.”