Q& A

The swag­ger­ing front­man of English rock­ers Kasabian will never play sec­ond-fid­dle to a leather- clad Bono again, writes Neala John­son

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - with lead singer Tom Meighan

Q. Kasabian’s pre­vi­ous al­bum, West Ry­der Pau­per Lu­natic Asy­lum, was huge in the UK. Can you feel it on the streets?

A. Yeah. I mean, you’re only as fa­mous as the per­son that recog­nises you. It’s all good though. You get no­ticed a lot more and peo­ple get their cam­era phones out, but every­thing’s OK. Q. Some UK press say you give off a ‘‘ can’t-be­lieve-my-luck’’ vibe. But you al­ways seemed pretty sure of your­selves.

A. We’ve never said we can’t be­lieve our luck. Where’d that come from? We’ve made it on our own, we’ve done re­ally well. I’m hum­ble in my life I live, it’s amaz­ing, but I’m not hum­ble for our suc­cess, no way. I’m not gonna apol­o­gise. Q. You recorded your new al­bum

Ve­loci­rap­tor! in San Fran­cisco. Did all that sun have an im­pact? A. All that walk­ing! I went walk­ing with our man­ager, John. We’d walk all around the pier and back. That’s how I learnt my songs . . . I called it speed-walk­ing. [ Laughs] Q. Good­bye Kiss is your most beau­ti­ful song.

A. Oh beau­ti­ful, yeah. Did you like that song? Nice one. Did it break your heart? [ Laughs] We’ve al­ways wanted to do a song with a Mo­town feel or a Roy Or­bi­son love song. It was one of those mo­ments, it just hap­pened. We’ve been re­hears­ing it live and it’s a heart­break mo­ment, it re­ally is. I tell ya, that could change a lot of things in this band.

Q. Did you be­lieve you could sing a del­i­cate song?

A. I was brought up on Mo­town mu­sic, soul mu­sic. My mum used to be a singer, so it’s al­ways been in me, that kind of thing. Our band, we can be as di­verse as we want. I can do punk, I can sing a love song – when you’ve got that power, you can take it any­where.

Q. Ru­mour has it you’ll be head­ing our way for Big Day Out? A. Ahhh, we might be, yeah, hehe­heh. I’m not al­lowed to say. Q. You’ve played it twice . . .

A. Yeah, we won’t be play­ing at 2 in the af­ter­noon again, I can guar­an­tee you that. [ Laughs] Q. Surely it’s head­lin­ers or noth­ing for you nowa­days?

A. In Eng­land we’re head­lin­ers or noth­ing, but Aus­tralia’s dif­fer­ent. We’re nearly break­ing Aus­tralia. Q. Did you learn much sup­port­ing U2 on their gi­ant 360 tour?

A. Nah mate, I didn’t take in any­thing sup­port­ing them, them gigs were hor­ri­ble. Worst ever. U2 fans are card­board cut-outs. I didn’t learn any­thing . . . It was amaz­ing to watch and meet them, but I didn’t learn any­thing. Q. Did you feel like you were play­ing to an empty sta­dium? A. That’s how it felt to us. We were the sup­port, so it is what it is. I hate sup­port­ing bands . . . that’s never gonna hap­pen again. Q. Did you get any words of wis­dom from Bono? A. He told me about this Ir­ish poet guy, I can’t re­mem­ber his name. ’ Cos my dad’s Ir­ish as well. He’s like, ‘‘ Look at this guy on YouTube’’ or what­ever. That’s all he said to me. Q. You never Googled it, did you? A. No, I never looked it up. As soon as he said his name, I for­got it. [ Laughs] Q. Some peo­ple would kill for that op­por­tu­nity. A. Well, it ain’t re­ally as big as you think it is. I for­got what he said straight away, I was just look­ing at him go­ing, ‘‘ Wow, what a leg­end. You’ve got leather trousers on. Leg­end’’.

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