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Interviewed by
Courtney Sanders
Wednesday 21st December, 2011 12:30PM

English rock group Kasabian released their fourth studio album, Velociraptor, earlier this year. UTR caught up with Tom Meighan to discuss the album, how their approach to the music industry has changed over the past decade and why he'll only listen to his own music when he's high.

What are you up to at the moment?

Weíre just rehearsing these songs and getting set to go for the arena tour. Weíre doing TV shows and shit. Basically itís like a holiday camp at the moment weíre all together and itís ncie.

When you say youíre rehearsing, are you rehearsing new material?

Nah itís for the Velicoraptor album.

And so that will take you through to the start of next year?

Oh definitely babes. Weíre full at the minute. Canít wait to come back to NZ and kidn of undiscovered and not know n yet properly. Itís deserves more recognition to be honest thatís what I think.

You guys have played Big Day Out a few times, right?

Yeah it was great I remember catching red snappers and stuff like that so it was awesome.

So tell me a little bit about writing and recording the new album.

Well basically we kind of took five six months out after touring - it just needed to happen. I was thinking we were going to do an album later than we thought really but then Serge turned around and was like 'weíve got a load of songs together in a shorter space of time, let's do this' and before we knew it we were back in the studio. It all happened really fast.

Going into that process did you have any idea of what you wanted to achieve with the album?

I just think we went back. I mean what we did was we went to writing really big songs. We're known for being left of field and our music is quite left of field if you put us under the microscope thatís how weíve always been as a band, but we wrote some really big massive pop songs, really great pop songs. Nothing really changed in the band we just went back to classic songwriting.

And does that reflect the place you guys are at professionally?

Yeah I mean we canít keep doing songs like 'Empire' and 'Underdog' - it would have been weird for us to do songs like that now where we are. I donít know what the word to use is but I think we were just thinking about what weíve been doing in our lives and how far weíve come. Weíre all 30 years old and we all grew up together and weíve known each other since we were teenagers - we started this band at 17. I think weíve never reflected on the things that have affected us before as a collective of nice beautiful songs that paid homage to our band as people.

It must be surreal to reflect on how much time has passed and how far you've come as a band?

Yeah it is because no-one will ever know what it feels like apart from us and itís quite an emotional thing. I mean Iím not being weird but it totally is emotional; weíve done a lot of things and seen a lot of things together.

Is it hard keeping a band together for such a long time?

I donno, I suppose every now and then we punch each other and throw darts at eacother you know.

How has your approach to the industry changed?

Of course itís changed, definitely. I mean we make albums for our fans and people to enjoy and we make them for the first place because we enjoy it and we enjoy making music. The record industry has changed so much. Many people these days just pick bits and bobs out of an album and it's kind of like not as appreciated as it used to be. I donít know itís just not valued as it was in the nineties or the eighties or whenever it bloody was. Itís just devalued because thereís so much fucking stuff all over the internet and across the world and itís easy access and you get can this and get that. We were lucky because our band made it as a proper rock group and we got a proper load of fans before the internet had really taken over. Who knows what would have happened if it was after that. I do believe we wouldn't be where weíre at if we had started after the internet.

Do you think the internet has impacted the industry in a negative way?

Well of course because everythingís just diluted, people ainít fucking bothered. Our album got leaked ten days before it came out so that just shows you how shitty it is Ė thatís our baby, thatís our work and it just fucking shows you thereís no morals or respect anymore.

You guys did something quite interesting with the track-by-track documentary?

Iíve not seen it.

You haven't watched your own doco, really?

I only watch my music when Iím really high with my friends and I play YouTube back to everyone who Iím staying with at the house because that's the only time I'm confident enough. Iím confident anyway but youíve got more confidence when youíre high. You know where Iím coming from donít you, come on Kiwi lady?

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