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Kasabian review

Georgina Hague wonders whether Kasabian have got what it takes to step into the space left by Oasis

Written by . Published on November 25th 2009.

Kasabian review

What has become of the fans of The Verve and Oasis now that their favourite bands have said their farewells? At the MEN Arena last Friday, they must have made up a fair proportion of the crowd. Kasabian, who supported Oasis at the Heaton Park concerts in the summer, returned to the city for another big Manchester gig.

As far as show-opening spectacles go, it was underwhelming. But Kasabian could have arrived on the stage with no frills attached: the set they were about to play needed no gimmicks to impress.

The band, who take their name from Charles Manson’s getaway driver, have had a busy 2009, playing before Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury, being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, winning Best Album at the Q Awards, and embarking on a tour around the UK.

So what sort of show could the Manchester crowds expect from these Leicestershire lads whose musical influences include the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses? The gig began with a worrying scent of smoke wafting around the MEN Arena, which was explained when three men in white coats wafted incense around the stage, presumably to tie in with the latest album’s name – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. As far as show-opening spectacles go, it was underwhelming. But Kasabian could have arrived on the stage with no frills attached: the set they were about to play needed no gimmicks to impress.

They started off with 'Julie and the Mothman' then moved swiftly on to 'Underdog' which sounded brilliant. 'Shoot the Runner' was a real crowdpleaser and the calmer 'Thick as Thieves' gave us a chance for a breather.

Tom Meighan showed he can possess the stage with just his voice: there was no need for pretentious light shows and backing singers. Meanwhile, Sergio Pizzorno showed he could belt out a song or two and you could forgive yourself for thinking he would do a formidable job as the band’s front man.

My main issue of the night, apart from a few unsavoury characters in the crowd and the alarming flyer warning us about about pick pockets, was Kasabian’s set list order. In my opinion, bands should save the best till last; don’t peak too early, keep the crowd wanting more. But they played favourites such as 'Empire', 'Processed Beats' and 'Fire' in the middle, leaving the crowd a little dumbfounded towards the end. Still, they redeemed themselves by finishing with 'L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)' which got the crowd rocking away.

It was a set that made you understand why there were whisperings back in June at Heaton Park that this support act were better than the Gallagher boys.

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TashNovember 25th 2009.

Kets get things straight. Kasabians first album was a cracker. Some really good tunes. Now explain the amazing stuf since? ermmmm NO. Dont get me wrong i think they are ok. OASIS they will never be and they certainly aint. Tom carries on as if he's Elvis and has been at the IM AMAZING thing complete with fake american accent for years. (why does he do that?) anyways, Kasabian rattled off a few tunes we all now sing along too but the rest is just average, it really is. Good luck to em but if they are our big saviour now the oasis mob have done one then we need to find something else coz these boys aint tune thumping allstars my dears......Well?

ONovember 25th 2009.

Tash, I think the problem with the mixed up accent thing is that they are from Leicester aren't they. He goes from one track sounding like Liam Gallagher trying to sound like Lennon, to sounding like the kinks (Thick as Thieves). I think they are a bit identityless (that's not a word is it). They are good though and I'd disagree that they haven't done anything since the first album. Empire and Doberman were tunes, and the latest album does have a fair few excellent numbers as well; Fire, Vlad and Where Did All the Love. Serge is cool as fck too.

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