British rockers Kasabian didn’t want to do much on their new album — just everything better than before.
And frontman Tom Meighan thinks that the new “Empire” absolutely betters the quartet’s self-titled 2004 debut, which was a double-platinum smash in its homeland.
“We wanted to make a more royal kind of record,” explains Meighan, 25. “We wanted something that had all the qualities of what British bands have done before. We wanted a (Rolling Stones’) ‘Wild Horses’ or a (Beatles’) ‘Let it Be.’ We wanted a ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ something like that.”
Meighan says Kasabian — named after Charles Manson “family” member Linda Kasabian — made progress toward that goal by dumping one of its standard-issue rock ’n’ roll vices.
“The first record sounded very pot-smoking looped — which is what we were, mate,” the singer acknowledges. “We were kids. But we quit that this time around. Those days are gone. We left the dope behind, and you can tell the difference.”
One thing Meighan and the other members of Kasabian haven’t quit is having a go at other bands — especially in the British press. But Meighan says that in doing that, the group is only indulging in the British rock tradition of insulting your peers, and its comments should not be taken seriously.
“We’re either hated or liked,” he notes, “but we’re not really these monster, horrible people. We only do those quotes for a laugh, to get a kick out of it. We don’t really hate people.”
Kasabian, Mew and One Thousand Pictures perform Friday (September 9th) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit