QTheMusic met up with singer Tom and bassist Chris from Kasabian ahead of their intimate Forum concert as part of the Q Awards with Russian Standard Vodka - The Gigs.
Seated in one of the venue's unassuming backstage-room, the West Ryders found time for some hillarious comments on Ronnie Wood, Leicester and why the rockstar-myth is dead.
How are you feeling?
Tom: We've just had our blood taken actually. Just to see if we're alive, see what's going through our system. Ah, go on, let's stop this blood talk. I feel a bit faint, do you feel faint?
Chris: I'm just buzzing really.
You played The Garage recently...
Tom: Ah, wow that was cool that innit. We try not to compare sizes of venues, a gig is a gig you know.
Tom, I noticed that you were having a pint in a nearby pub that time, with people constantly coming up to you. Does it ever get awkward?
Tom: Big mistake that, I'm not gonna do that again...no its alright, it's part of it. People are in love with the band aren't they, so it's cool.
Seeing how you've been labelled a 'feet-firmly-on-ground-band-of-the-people', do you worry that you might lose touch?
Chris: It's easy to lose touch, but then again we live in Leicester, so when we're going back there they take the piss out of our clothes or trousers or hair whatever, and that kinda brings us down the ground.
And they've started playing Fire when Leicester FC score a goal...
Tom: Yeah! That's really cool, I like that. Although they were playing Chelsea Dagger the other day, and Leicester hate Chelsea. I didn't get that.
Are you pleased with the reception West Ryder... got?
Chris: Yeah, it's great. We've grown a lot and become more open and accepted by people.
Tom: Nice critics too, although I don't give a fuck about what they think.
Have you spoken to Liam or Noel Gallagher lately?
Tom: No, not in a while...we're really supportive of them, they're both great.
Chris: The last time I heard from Noel was when he said "See you in nine years when the money runs out".
Will the turn of the decade see Kasabian move in a different direction than before?
Chris: There's always a new direction for Kasabian, the next album won't sound like this one.
Tom: It would be cool to make a really raw, live album. And a double album would be cool, one day.
Chris: Only thing is, it won't be a double album when we get around to doing it, just songs on a list that you scroll down.
Did you feel same about West Ryder... as your debut album?
Tom: We were very young when we did Kasabian you know, 21 or whatever, and it's a very youthful, trying-to-grow-up-record. We just had a computer and did demos In Serge's bedroom....you cant fucking win now, because everyone want fucking more. Links to interviews and bonus discs and stuff. I think the myths are dead with rockstars.
Are you trying to re-build the myth?
Chris: We have a bit of myth about of band, which we like, trying to keep things a bit secret. I mean, you don't wanna see Ronnie Wood sleep, or take a shit. That didn't happen in the 60's.
So, no reality-show Kasabian then?
Tom: Nah, not until I'm old and do an Osbournes. Plus, we've got two videographers who have followed us since the beginning man, and we want to make a film a proper film documentary like from when we were kids and stuff. Some of the things on those tapes will blow your mind.
Words: Brand Barstein
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11:14 AM | 22/10/2009
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