Kasabian: ‘We’ve always been the band that people get wrong’

Leicester foursome talk people, perceptions and politics in new NME

Kasabian have said that they’ve always been misunderstood as a band and that people “can’t understand” what it is they represent.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, the band discussed the shift in the way they’ve been perceived since the release of their latest album ’48:13′, as well as addressing some of the criticism aimed at them.

“We’ve always been that band that people get wrong. They can’t understand what we’re about,” guitarist and co-vocalist Serge Pizzorno said. “More and more people are beginning to say, ‘Oh, OK, I’ve gotten them totally wrong.’ We’ve had more apologies on this record than we’ve ever had before – people who’ve never really got it, people who saw the Glastonbury show or who lived with the record for a while and said to us, ‘We just went along with what everyone else thought you were.'”

Pizzorno discussed Billy Bragg’s remarks that Kasabian “are there to remind us how true Spinal Tap was” from earlier this year. He said: “It’s always disappointing when someone like him stoops to that level, portrays themselves in that way. It’s a broadsheet, middle class way of thinking, man.”

The guitarist also weighed in on matters of politics by describing Ukip’s popularity as “really fucking frightening”, before dismissing the alternatives, who “are so weak and out of touch that it seems like Ukip are only gonna win more seats. There’s no Labour party any more. You can’t say, ‘Look, here’s the alternative’, because there isn’t one, so what can you offer these people?”

Meanwhile, singer Tom Meighan recently compared his band to Call Of Duty – the multi-million selling computer game franchise that is currently the tenth biggest-selling video game in history. When asked to rate how good Kasabian are, Meighan replied: “No one can touch us on our day. We’re fucking Call Of Duty, no one can stop us.”

The band are currently in the middle of their UK tour, which saw them play five sold-out nights at London’s Brixton Academy earlier this month.