You won’t catch the Kasabian guitarist in a waistcoat. No way.
We catch up with the Kasabian guitarist currently getting back to his roots in Italy.
Hi, Serge, where are you right now? Hello. I’m backstage in Ferrara, Italy; it’s beautiful but it’s proper raining. Your grandad is from Genoa – how’s your Italian? I can understand it a great deal better than I can speak it. My dad tried to make me learn as a kid but I was like, “I’m not going to learn a fucking language, no way!” Now I really regret it. I’ve got the basics because my old man would speak it to me. Can you give us a phrase or two? “You have been the most beautiful crowd we’ve ever had.” That kind of thing helps at a gig. What’s that in Italian? Sei una folla fantastica. See, that wasn’t bad, was it? Nice pronunciation. Can you knock up a good pasta sauce? Yeah, pretty good. It’s the only thing I’ll attempt in the kitchen. Genoa is famous for pesto so I do a mean pesto. I make two dishes really well and don’t mess around with anything else. I do a ridiculously good carbonara, too. There was a story recently that waistcoat sales were up because of Gareth Southgate at the World Cup. As football fans, could you and Tom have worn them onstage as an act of solidarity with the team? No. One million per cent. Absolutely not. To be fair, I saw a photo of you over the weekend wearing white leggings with black patches sewn on. They’re my skeleton trousers… Do you have an “off duty” outfit for nipping out to buy a pint of milk? I like a tracksuit, Nike trainers, a baggy T-shirt. Less football hooligan, more A$AP-Rocky-down-the-Co-op kind of vibe. Unlike many other famous people from Leicester, you still live there. Do you ever spot any other city celebrities when you’re out? There’s a few old footballers that still hang around. [ Ex-Leicester City midfielder] Muzzy Izzet, I see quite a bit, he’s a good lad. I think Gazza might live there now. A few of my mates have seen him and had photos taken with him. I’m not sure if I believe it. He’s definitely been seen a lot in Leicester recently so something is going on. Your last album was called For Crying Out Loud. Did anyone point out that it had the same title as Jeremy Clarkson’s series of books? Whose books?!? No, that’s hilarious! I’m surprised he didn’t sue me. Much like when the lead singer leaves a band, would you say that it was inevitable that Top Gear was going to struggle after Clarkson left? I don’t really know too much about Top Gear. If we’d been invited on it, that would have been a wonderful bit of TV because Tom doesn’t have a driving licence. I would pay a lot of money just to see a recording of him having a lesson. Did you watch your mate Noel Fielding on …Bake Off? Yeah, of course. I don’t know what people were expecting but that was part of the beauty of it. I knew he’d be fine. He’s fascinated by everything and he’s interested in everything. He’s a joy, that guy. On the subject of pastry, how hard is it to get a good sausage roll on tour? You’ve got to seek out a butchers for that. Don’t go into the main stores, you need to go into the little villages, that’s where you find the nice butchers. If you can be bothered, though – it’s a big commitment for a sausage roll. What about a Ginsters? Not for me. I’ve got too many bad memories associated with a Ginsters. That fucking microwaved nuclear gunk inside… On the first album we ticked every service station box, every bit of food. Never again. I don’t know why you have to eat swill at the services. Tebay Services on the M6 is meant to be nice. Is that the one in Gloucester? They’ve got one there, too. That’s the one. That’s halfway from my house to my sister’s. That place is crazy. You go in and come out with bags of food to put in the boot. Pastries and artisan cheeses. It’s nonsense. If you had your own head, but the body of an animal, what animal would you choose? Off the top of my head, a puma. Wouldn’t it be difficult to play guitar? But I’d enjoy being on four legs… You could probably program a synth with your paws… Yeah, I’d be fine as a puma. Don’t worry about me, man. What are you going to be doing 20 minutes from now? Eating pizza by the piazza with a bottle of Peroni. Maybe I’ll get myself a gelatti. The rain is starting to die down and the sun’s poking its head out. Sounds nice. Enjoy your pizza! Cheers, brother, take care!
“I would pay a lot of money to see a recording of Tom having a driving lesson.”
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