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Interview:
Britain's Kasabian ready to make push in the U.S.
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Kasabian is back in North America -- and it's high time according to the group's Sergio Pizzorno.

The occasion is the British quartet's fourth album, "Velociraptor!," which debuted at No. 1 in its homeland during September. And Pizzorno -- Kasabian's guitarist and songwriter -- says it was the success elsewhere of 2009's "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" that kept Kasabian off these shores.

"It was one of those situations where we were doing so well in the rest of the world, it was kind of like, 'We've got to go there',' Pizzorno, 30, explains. "No one in America knew ('West Ryder...') was out, hardly, which is a real shame because it's such a good album.

"But this time out there's a while different team at our label, who are buzzing. And the reaction we've gotten out of a few (radio) stations in America is good, so we're going to be spending a lot more time there, which I'm happy about. America is such a beautiful place to be in a band. We're so into our late 60s, early 70s rock, and we just feel like America's a place to have a good time."

The guitarist suspects that Kasabian's approach to "Velociraptor!" has something to do with the more welcoming reception on this side of the pond. After "West Ryder's..." "huge concept, this journey into madness," Pizzorno says the group -- working again with producer Dan The Automator -- sought to "simplify things, really, and make direct, melodic sort of music." But its predecessor did make one distinguishable mark on "Velociraptor!"

"The last record sort of proved to us there aren't any rules and you shouldn't really care; you should just make the music you want to make," Pizzorno says. "So it was really sort of back to basics, just, 'These songs sound great. Let's just (record) them and put it out and go on tour. The rest will take care of itself.' "

Kasabian and Hacienda perform Sunday, April 1, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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