Kasabian discuss split

And talk about new member

Kasabian have talked about the shock departure of founding member Chris Karloff.

As previously reported by NME.COM the band, who are set to release their second album ’Empire’ on September 4, split with the guitarist/keyboardist citing creative and artistic differences.

Speaking about the break-up, singer Tom Meighan said he hoped the band’s supporters would understand the reasons why they had to make the break.

“Fans should understand that if there is a problem within the band we address that,” he said. “We know it better than anyone. We want the fans to get behind our band instead of the few who fucking whinge all the time. We’re still a gang of mates. It’s us against the world.”

Meighan added that the decision had been a tough one.

“I am gutted,” he told told The Sun‘s Something For The Weekend magazine. “It’s sad after you’ve been with someone all those years and he’s a great person and friend and it’s just one of those things. We wish him the best, he’s a wonderful musician.”

Pondering if temporary replacement Jay Mehler, who played with the band at Oxygen and T In The Park, would become permanent, Meighan explained: “Jay’s just coming into do the live parts and we’ll make that decision when the time comes but he’s wonderful and has a lot of colours to him.”

The band are now set to support The Rolling Stones on their ’A Bigger Bang’ tour in Zurich, Switzerland on August 5 and Nice in France on August 8.

They will also appear live on Zane Lowe‘s Radio 1 show on July 26.