30 Mind-Blowing Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Kasabian


Kasabian, with six six studio albums released till date, has a number of accolades to their name, and are also often noted for their live performances. The original line-up of the band consists of vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Chris Karloff, bassist Chris Edwards and drummer Ian Matthews. However, the guitarist Chris Karloff left the group in the year 2006. Here are some really interesting facts about the British rock band:

  1.  The band received a total of 9 award nominations for their album "48:13" at the NME Awards in the year 2015, beating the record held by Oasis band for a total of 7 nominations in the year 2009.
  2.  Kasabian music is often described by many as "indie rock," but on the contrary, Sergio claims to hate indie bands and has never felt the band to fit into that particular category.
  3.  They have been awarded with the "Q Awards for "Best Act in the World Today" in the year 2010 and 2014. They were also named as the "Best Live Act" at the 2014 Q Awards as well as the 2007 and 2018 NME Awards.
  4.  The band's guitarist Sergio uses a 1953 Hofner guitar to do all his song writing and even claims that it’s like an “old pirate ship”.
  5.  It was reported that the band, in their initial days, were known by the Saracuse, before becoming famous as Kasabian. They chose the name Kasabian, after Linda Kasabian, a member of the Charles Manson cult.
  6.  The band's first public appearance was at the Vipers Rugby Club to celebrate Edwards’ 18th birthday with family and friends.
  7.  Kasabian's eponymous debut album, which was released on September 13, 2004, was met with generally positive reviews, and even gave the band a good sales record.
  8.  For the recording of their debut self-titled album, the band members reportedly stayed in a farmhouse near Rutland Water, in an effort to avoid being disturbed.
  9.  Their third album "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum," was reportedly named after a mental institution built in West Yorkshire, England in 1818, though it is nothing related the place.
  10.  The band claimed in an interview with T4 that each track in the said album is meant to be a representation of an inmate within the asylum.
  11.  The band's most popular single "Underdog" from their third album "West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum," has been used by Sony in a commercial for their BRAVIA Televisions.
  12.  The first single "Fire" from the same album, released on June 1, 2009, was used as the theme song for the English Premier League from the 2010–11 season onward.
  13.  It was during the tour of their first album, that the Kasabian recruited the drummers Ian Matthews as a permanent member in April 2005, after meeting him while recording in Bristol.
  14.  Matthews reportedly plays on "Processed Beats", "Butcher Blues", "Beneficial Herbs" and some other songs on the debut album.
  15.  The band's guitarist and one of the chief songwriter Karloff left the band during the recording of the second album "Empire," although the band claims that he was asked to leave the band due to "artistic and creative differences."
  16.  Their third album "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum," which spent two weeks at the No.1 spot in the UK Albums Chart, was named the "Best Album" at the 2009 Q Awards.
  17.  It was reported that the band members once had a 5-a-side football match with members of Oasis at 4 am in Earls Court.
  18.  The band's second album "Empire," was met with mixed-to-positive reviews divided between the choices in production and lyricism, though it was better than their first self-titled album.
  19.  Their fourth album "Velociraptor!" often considered to be one of the band's strongest albums, is said to have the band's highest rating with a score of 79 out of 100 on Metacritic.
  20.  The band played a New Year's Eve concert entitled “NYE:Rewired” at the O2 Arena, London on December 31, 2011, which was streamed live on YouTube.
  21.  Their most popular single "Switchblade Smiles," was the first song to be released from their fourth album "Velociraptor!," which was exclusively played during Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1 on June 7, 2011.
  22.  The next famous single from the same album "Days Are Forgotten," was actually scheduled for a radio release on July 22, 2011, but it reportedly surfaced online the night before.
  23.  Kasabian's show of December 15, 2011 show that was filmed at the O2, titled "Kasabian Live! Live at the O2," was screened in over 60 cinemas in the UK and Ireland on May 30, 2012.
  24.  The band performed at the Main Square festival in Arras France on June 29, 2012. It was reported that at the end of the show, Meighan returned to the stage without the band and performed The Beatles "She Loves You" unaccompanied.
  25.  Cater, who joined the band as a touring guitarist," first performed on March 6, 2013 at Russell Brand's Give It Up for Comic Relief, comedy and music gig at Wembley Arena.
  26.  Kasabian played a homecoming gig in Victoria Park, Leicester to over 60,000 people, around the ten year anniversary of their debut album, in June 2014.
  27.  Their fifth studio album "48:13" named after its total running time, entered the UK Albums Chart at number one spit, and was met with mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, who often criticized the lyrics.
  28.  The fourth single "Stevie" from the album "48:13" was featured as a part of the soundtrack of the game "FIFA 15," made by EA Sports.
  29.  The band's most popular single "Comeback Kid" was also featured on the soundtrack of EA Sports game "FIFA 17."
  30.  In an effort to celebrate the victory in Premier League in the year 2016, the band played two concerts at Leicester City Football Club's ground, the King Power Stadium, where they played a new song "Put Your Life On It", dedicated to the city.
  31.  Kasabian Net Worth: $6 Million

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