"Lad rock" kings Kasabian reject Oasis tag

Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:43am EDT
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By Alastair Himmer

TOKYO (Reuters) - British band Kasabian have the local bomb squad's number on speed dial, but the new kings of "lad rock" insist their hell-raising days are behind them.

Short-listed for the prestigious Mercury Prize after their third album, "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum," recently topped the charts, the psychedelic rockers flatly reject comparisons to another, globally successful all-male British band that also has its fair share of awards: Oasis.

"People say we're going to be the new Oasis -- but we're not," Kasabian vocalist Tom Meighan told Reuters during a recent trip to Tokyo.

"There is no new Oasis. We can't be Oasis because they've done it. Oasis were giants in the '90s. It's nice when people say it, but they're kind of missing the point."

Kasabian supported Oasis in a series of stadium shows in Britain over the summer before flying to Japan to perform at the Summer Sonic music festival, but Meighan said this was for the band's own good.

"We played in front of almost a million people in three weeks," said the 28-year-old. "The record was just out, so it's the best promotion you can get. You do it, don't you?"

Meighan admitted Kasabian used to be "terrors" on tour and trouble has sought them out in unusual ways: guitarist Sergio Pizzorno found a live World War Two grenade in his garden.

But now Meighan believes the band has grown up, with the critically acclaimed "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" marking a turning point for the musicians who hail from Leicester, England.   Continued...

<p>British rock band Kasabian's vocal Tom Meighan performs at the Summer Sonic 2009 in Chiba, near Tokyo, August 7, 2009. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>