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Kasabian

Kasabian took the British press by storm in the early 2000s by mixing traces of the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Primal Scream with Oasis-sized confidence and DJ Shadow-influenced electronics. Named after Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson's getaway driver turned state witness, theLeicester-based group also stole a page from the Band by moving into a remote farmhouse to brew its music. Communal life and a slew of sharedinfluences produced an electronic, rock-oriented sound that harked back to the Madchester days of baggy pants and druggy dancing. Kasabianexpanded that sound on later albums, ...read more

Kasabian took the British press by storm in the early 2000s by mixing traces of the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Primal Scream with Oasis-sized confidence and DJ Shadow-influenced electronics. Named after Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson's getaway driver turned state witness, theLeicester-based group also stole a page from the Band by moving into a remote farmhouse to brew its music. Communal life and a slew of sharedinfluences produced an electronic, rock-oriented sound that harked back to the Madchester days of baggy pants and druggy dancing. Kasabianexpanded that sound on later albums, but the band's foundation remained rooted in swaggering, fragmented dance textures and boisterous rock &roll.With his acerbic approach to interviews, swaggering lead singer Tom Meighan quickly became a darling of the press during the band's infancy, andKasabian's revolutionary logos and sleeve art only added to the excitement. Fold-out poster sleeves, 10" versions, and hand-stenciled coversaccompanied singles like "Club Foot," "L.S.F," and "Processed Beats." The hype paid off as Kasabian's self-titled debut cracked the Top Five inOctober 2004, just one month after its U.K. release. Four singles landed in the Top 20 within six months, establishing the bandmates as rock & rollroyalty in the process.

Founding guitarist Chris Karloff left the lineup two years later, citing creative differences with the remaining members. Kasabian's second album,Empire, had already been recorded, and guitarist Jay Mehler was brought aboard to replace Karloff during live performances. (Mehler eventuallybecame an official member in 2008.) Empire was ultimately released in August 2006 and debuted atop the U.K. charts, with the title track soonbecoming the band's third Top Ten hit. The band took home an NME Award in 2007 and began work on another album later that year. Dan theAutomator was brought in to share production duties with Serge Pizzorno, and the resulting U.K. chart-topper West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylumappeared in 2009. Automator would return for the 2011 album Velociraptor!, featuring the leadoff single "Switchblade Smiles." « hide

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48:13
2014

3.2
69 Votes
Velociraptor!
2011

3.5
174 Votes
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
2009

3.6
277 Votes
Empire
2006

3.2
278 Votes
Kasabian
2004

3.6
359 Votes

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