The ‘Vlad the Impaler’ band’s fourth album ‘ titled ‘Velociraptor!’ – moves their sound further forward and they’re glad the initial reaction to new tracks, debuted at the Isle of Wight festival on Sunday (12.06.11), has been positive.
Singer Tom Meighan told Absolute Radio: “The overall response from the gigs and people that have heard it on the radio has been bigger than ever. Everyone seems to be really digging the new sound.”
“It’s a huge progression for us, it’s epic. It’s a proper rock album, futuristic modern rock album. It’s the future.”
Guitarist Serge Pizzorno added: “It’s the best album we’ve done yet.”
The rockers have played at the Isle of Wight festival ‘ held on an island just off the south coast of the UK, which is only accessible by boat ‘ before, and found the journey across can be fraught with danger.
Tom explained: “This year we came on a yacht, well we say a yacht, it was sold to us as a yacht and it was more like a caravan.
‘We’ve done the Isle of Wight once before – last time we came on a speedboat. There was an injury but luckily it wasn’t any of us.
“Some random guy found his way on and it served him right because he dislocated his shoulder and broke his wrist in two places. We have no idea who he was. No-one knows. That’s the legend of the Isle of Wight.”
The English indie group’s label have confirmed they have completed recording and now putting the finishing touches to the disc, set for release in October.
A source at the band’s record company, Sony/BMG, said: “They’re still working on it, although it’s nearly finished. They’re mixing it. It’s all secret – I can’t even give you a clue about what it sounds like because we haven’t heard it.”
Kasabian are thought to have worked with producer Dan The Automator, who oversaw their last record, ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’, and recorded in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The ‘Fire’ hitmakers have talked about a number of different influences on the album, including grunge and punk, but said they will retain the psychedelic and electronic elements which have always been part of their sound.
Guitarist and main songwriter Serge Pizzorno recently described the record, saying: “Well, it’s epic. It’s big songs that make you feel like anything’s possible. It’s a really positive record. I suppose it’s a combination of all three records but we’ve just taken it a bit further.
“I’m really excited about it, because after the last record, people really liked it and wanted to know what was next, and I’m happy to say that it’s got better. I’m excited about playing it live – there are tunes on there that are going to take people to a new place.”
More acts have today been added to the Isle of Wight Festival 2011 line up. The award winning Manic Street Preachers, critically acclaimed Public Image Ltd, Britpop giants Cast, the dynamic Hadouken!, the headmaster of British rock Nick Lowe and hotly tipped Brother, will raise the roof of the Big Top on Sunday 12th June. To get your hands on tickets check out www.isleofwightfestival.com. Taking place in June, the first major festival of the summer will see headline performances from three of the biggest bands in the world; Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and closing the weekend Kasabian. Newly reformed Pulp will make their first UK festival appearance ahead of Foo Fighters on Saturday. With The Script, Plan B, Pixie Lott, James Walsh, Two Door Cinema Club and a guest performance from Jeff Beck already lined up for the main stage on Sunday, it’s certainly going to be a weekend to remember. Join us as we celebrate the 10th birthday in style. With ten albums under their belts and a career spanning almost 25 years, the critically acclaimed Manic Street Preachers return with ‘Postcards From A Young Man’. Defiantly, unapologetically bold and forthright, the new album may be their best yet. Having topped the charts with both albums and singles including, ‘f You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, ‘Tsumani’, ‘The Everlasting’ and ‘You Stole the Sun from my Heart’, Manic Street Preachers are classed as one of the most interesting and inspirational bands of their generation. Headlining the Big Top on Sunday, the Welsh 3-piece are sure to rock the Festival. After fronting the Sex Pistols, John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978. With their experimental sound fusing rock, dance, folk, ballet, pop and dub, Public Image Ltd are regarded as producing some of the most diverse music of the post-punk era; and are cited as one of the most innovative and influential bands in music history, making them a perfect fit for this year’s eclectic Isle of Wight Festival. After announcing their reformation earlier this year, 15 years on from the release of their million-selling debut ‘All Change’, Britpop giants Cast are back and ready to pull out all the stops in the Big Top. Following a massive UK tour, the band will be returning to the studio to record a new album, set for release in early 2011. Hadouken! rightfully earned a reputation as a live act not to be missed, and their latest run of shows look set to exceed all expectations. Their second album, ‘For The Masses’, reached the top 20 earlier in 2010 and Hadouken! are sure to keep the crowd moving in the Big Top with their experimental, genre-hopping sound. Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club will be will be making their first appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival on the main stage on Sunday. The music-mad trio and their debut album ‘ ‘Tourist History’ – fizzes with invention and sparkling tunes. It’s undeniably pop, and draws on electronica / electro and rock ‘ an ideal way to start a Sunday! The Isle of Wight Festival takes place 10th – 12th June at Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight
Keep up to date with the Festival and to buy tickets visit www.isleofwightfestival.com
Kasabian to play new material at RockNess. It’s promising to be the ‘Year of the ‘Ness’ and KASABIAN, who headline the monster three day RockNess festival next June have just added serious buzz by revealing the bash in the Scottish Highlands will be one of the first opportunities to hear brand new material live! Speaking to NME, Serge Pizzorno said fans should expect some new additions to the setlist. When asked if Kasabian would be playing new songs at RockNess, Pizzorno replied: “Definitely. There may even be something out by then too. I’d like there to be. I’d love to have something out because it always gets you going when you’re playing the new shit.” Pizzorno was speaking around the release of London Boulevard, the British film he has composed the soundtrack for. He said that some of the material from the soundtrack may influence new Kasabian songs. “There may be a tune or so from the film that could surface too,” he said. “In some ways, the film and the score might be almost a little glimpse into what will happen with the band in the future.” Joining KASABIAN, is an act that can well and truly call RockNess home ‘ The Chemical Brothers. Last time Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands played the festival, they unleashed a colossal visual and sonic assault of such magnitude it reverberated the length of the Great Glen. Now in news that is generating elation with fans, they’re heading back for the first gig in Scotland since 2008. Ed and Tom said ‘it’s really exciting to be headlining one of our favourite festivals. RockNess is an amazing place to play and we can’t wait to be back there again’. Expect heaps of arms-aloft euphoria come June! Completing the Main Stage headliners is Paolo Nuttini who promises to bring RockNess to a spectacular close on the Sunday in a massive landmark homecoming gig. Nutini’s reputation for blistering, crowd rousing live performances has seen him electrify audiences across the globe and festival organisers are inviting fans the length and breadth of the country to do whatever it takes to join this unmissable, once-in-a-lifetime occasion. RockNess 2011 takes place 10-12 June, 2011 in the village of Dores, close to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The festival won ‘LINE UP OF THE YEAR’ at last month’s UK Festival Awards for its 2010 extravaganza which saw appearances from a raft of incredible acts including The Strokes. Leftfield and Fatboy Slim. Music lovers are being encouraged to ‘Respect the ‘Ness’ by taking advantage of ‘GO GREEN’ tickets on sale that include FREE COACH TRAVEL FROM ALL MAJOR CITIES IN THE UK. This follows the instant sell out of the festival’s outrageously good value, computer crashing £99 weekend ticket and amazing Early Bird deal that also sold out!
GO GREEN ticket prices:
£149 ‘ 3 day weekend camping / non camping
£159 ‘ 3 day weekend camping / non camping with coach travel
£135 ‘ 3 day weekend camping / non camping student ticket
£145 ‘ 3 day weekend camping / non camping student ticket with coach travel
£189 – 3 day weekend camping / non camping VIP ticket
R.E.M. reveal new album name. Best-selling rock band R.E.M. have revealed that the title of their 15th studio album will be Collapse Into Now. The album will be released in Spring 2011 by Warner Bros. Records. BBC Radio 6 broke the news on its Twitter feed after R.E.M.’s manager Bertis Downs revealed the title at the In the City conference. R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band’s acclaimed previous album Accelerate, to make Collapse Into Now. Lee is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party. R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2′s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing were done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville. Collapse Into Now is the follow-up to 2008′s hard-charging Accelerate, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, topped the Alternative, Rock, Digital, and Internet (physical goods) charts in the U.S., and debuted at No. 1 in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. It spawned three hit singles ‘Supernatural Superserious,’ ‘Hollow Man,’ and ‘Man-Sized Wreath.’ The band also released a two-CD live set, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia, last October. On October 26th, 2010, New West Records will release R.E.M. Live From Austin, TX – a DVD that contains the full live performance of the band’s concert for PBS’ Austin City Limits television series, plus three songs that didn’t air on the original broadcast. The 17 songs, including several from Accelerate and such classic hits as ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘Man On The Moon,’ have been re-mixed and re-mastered in LPCM stereo and DTS-HD 5.1 Surround Sound.
Noel Fielding pits Bryan Ferry against Jelly Fox. Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh opened an art exhibition in London on the weekend, with part of it dedicated to Roxy Music front man and solo artist, Bryan Ferry. The entire exhibit is called Bryan Ferry vs. The Jelly Fox, with part of it being the ‘Church of Ferry’, which is entirely devoted to drawings of Bryan Ferry. ”m a bit like a mental patient, I just draw everything anyway, so I’ve always got loads of stuff kicking around and I can’t keep it all,’ Fielding told our source. He added that he usually keeps his drawings under his bed. Also featured is an installation created by Fielding with music from Sergio Pizzorno of Kasabian and some paintings by Mike Fielding, who plays Naboo in The Mighty Boosh. ‘Bryan Ferry vs. The Jelly Fox’ runs until January 5 at the Maison Bertaux – London’s oldest cake shop.
Doves and Editors join Oxegen. With the countdown to OXEGEN well and thoroughly under way, we thought we’d help ramp up the excitement levels even further with the addition of 13 more sensational acts! Indie and Rock are to the fore in today’s announcement and Bell X1 are without doubt one of the most important bands to emerge from Ireland over the last couple of decades. They’ve notched up four critically acclaimed albums and have enjoyed phenomenal success both in the UK and in the USA. Doves have achieved worldwide record sales of over two million amid universal critical acclaim, with two number one albums and two Mercury nominations. Back at OXEGEN after a great performance on the second stage last year, Doves are touring their ‘Best Of’ collection The Places Between. Debut album The Back Room established Editors as one of the UK’s best bands. Their follow-up An End Has A Start went to number 1 and earned the band a Brit Award nomination for Best Band. Their brand of dark indie rock reached new heights on In This Light and on This Evening. Two years ago, Scouting For Girls stole our hearts with a clutch of contagious hits (She’s So Lovely, Heartbeat, It’s Not About You, Elvis Ain’t Dead). New single This Ain’t A Love Song builds on that success and is taken from the new LP Everybody Wants To Be On TV. Ocean Colour Scene will be celebrating their 21st anniversary next year and have clocked up an impressive eleven Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums during their illustrious career. Always a big hit with Irish fans, it’s great to have them back at OXEGEN. Kate Nash’s intelligent and insanely catchy single Foundations reached number two in the singles charts and helped propel her first album to No.1. New release ‘My Best Friend Is You’ has already been met with much critical acclaim. Expect her to be a name on everyone’s lips by the time she returns to Punchestown. Led by iconic frontman Ian McCulloch, Echo And The Bunnymen have been enthralling fans for three decades. Their last album, ‘The Fountain’, was released in 2009 and confirmed their genius hasn’t diminished in the slightest with new track Think I Do ranking alongside classics Nothing Lasts Forever and Killing Moon. Joshua Radin captured the public imagination when his songs were included on a string of hit US TV shows. Those who caught his recent show at Dublin’s Academy will know that this is an artist in the tradition of greats like Nick Drake and Elliott Smith –confessional folk-pop craftsmen who could say more with a whisper than most can with a scream. Also added to the OXEGEN bill are Manchester four-piece The Courteeners, hard rocking rebels Airbourne and their Australian compatriots The Middle East – one of the most talked about bands at SXSW this year. Two of our most popular Irish acts complete today’s announcement. Meteor Music Award winning Dublin act The Coronas put in a storming set when they played the Main Stage at OXEGEN on the Friday last year and also sold out three dates at The Academy in January. 2009 saw Republic of Loose play the US for three sold out tours. They returned to Ireland for OXEGEN and to open up for U2 at Croke Park on their 360 tour. In December, the band were nominated in Q Magazine’s ‘Albums of the Century’. OXEGEN returns to Punchestown from 9th-11th July (subject to licence). The Ticket Deposit Scheme is available again this year, so €120 deposit will secure your ticket, with the remaining balance payable by 31st May 2010. Ticket prices remain frozen since 2008 with a 3 day camping ticket costing €224.50 (incl booking fee).
EMINEM, MUSE, JAY-Z, THE BLACK EYED PEAS, KASABIAN, THE PRODIGY, FLORENCE+THE MACHINE, PAOLO NUTINI, FAITHLESS, STEREOPHONICS, DAVID GUETTA, VAMPIRE WEEKEND, MUMFORD & SONS JOHN MAYER, HOT CHIP, CALVIN HARRIS, NEWTON FAULKNER, GOSSIP, THE TEMPER TRAP, EMPIRE OF THE SUN, GOLDFRAPP, LA ROUX, WOLFMOTHER, RISE AGAINST, THE CORAL, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, ELLIE GOULDING, TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, ARMAND VAN HELDEN, STEVE ANGELLO, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, EROL ALKAN, STEVE AOKI, A-TRAK, AEROPLANE
…AND MANY MANY MORE!!
The Sunshine Underground ‘Spell It Out’ . The Sunshine Underground has announced details of the release of a new single. Spell It Out will be released through City Rockers/EMI on Monday 17th May 2010. Taken from their second album, Nobody’s Coming To Save You, which was released earlier this year, the single will be released on download and will feature a Cenzo Townsend (U2, New Order, Bloc Party) mix of Spell It Out, radically different versions of Spell It Out and We’ve Always Been Your Friends and a previously unreleased track, Fall In Line. The single, and album, were produced by the band and Barny (Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian). Following their successful headline UK tour in February, which culminated in sold-out shows at London’s Koko and a triumphant home-coming at the O2 Academy in Leeds, the band have announced a number of festival appearances in April and May. The full list of dates is as follows:
9th Barnsley Che Bar
1st Leeds Live in Leeds
2nd London Camden Crawl
3rd Middlesbrough Empire
5th Hull Love Music Hate Racism
6th Manchester Clint Boon, XFM presents
15th Brighton The Great Escape, Coalition
16th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
22nd Liverpool Sound City
The band will be announcing further UK festival and headline shows shortly. The Sunshine Underground are: Craig Wellington (vocals /guitar), Stuart Jones (guitar), Daley Smith (bass) & Matthew Gwilt (drums)
Julian Casablancas, Babyshambles, Laura Marling and Mystery Jets have been added to the T In The Park line-up. Echo And The Bunnymen, The Drums, Ash, Airbourne, Chapel Club, Example, General Fiasco, Hurts and Tricky have joined the bill for the event. The sold out event takes place on July 9-11 in Balado near Kinross. Julian Casablancas, Echo And The Bunnymen and Ash are being billed as “guests of honour” for the festival, and will play on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage. See Tinthepark.com for more information.
The T In The Park line-up so far is:
30 Seconds To Mars, Black Eyed Peas, Biffy Clyro, Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox , David Guetta, Dirty Projectors, Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Echo And The Bunnymen, Julian Casablancas, Ash, Airbourne, Babyshambles, Chapel Club, Example, General Fiasco, Hurts, Laura Marling, Mystery Jets, The Drums, Tricky, Empire of the Sun, Erol Alkan, Faithless, Fake Blood, Florence And The Machine, Four Tet , Goldfrapp, Gossip,
Hot Chip, Mumford And Sons, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Kasabian, La Roux, Madness, Jamie T, Paloma Faith, Frank Turner, Delphic, Kassidy, Crookers, The Sunshine Underground, The Middle East, Mayer Hawthorne and The County, Newton Faulkner, Paolo Nutini, Plastikman, Rise Against, Skunk Anansie, Slam , Stereophonics, The Cribs, The Coral, The Courteeners , The Proclaimers, The Prodigy , The Stranglers, The Temper Trap , The View, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, Wolfmother
Paolo Nutini is announced as the fifth headliner at this summer’s Eden Sessions. The soulful singer-songwriter will play the Eden stage on Tuesday July 13, joining Jack Johnson (June 26 – sold out), Mika (June 27), Doves and Mumford & Sons (July 2 – sold out) and Calvin Harris and Audio Bullys (July 3) on a blockbuster bill. Paolo launched his career with 2006 quadruple-platinum debut These Streets, including the top-ten single Last Request. He followed it up with last year’s second long-player Sunny Side Up. That album went straight to number one in the UK album charts and returned to the top on two separate occasions. Hailing from Paisley in Scotland, Paolo has been singing and working in the music industry since leaving school at 16, including stints as a roadie and studio engineer. As a result, he has shown an understanding of live performance that belies his age and Atlantic Records recognised his potential early on and signed him just after his 18th birthday in 2005. Paolo was nominated in two categories in this year’s BRITs – British Male Solo Artist and British Album for Sunny Side Up – and has rubbed shoulders will rock royalty, supporting Led Zeppelin at their O2 comeback show and sharing a stage with the Rolling Stones at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2007. Tjarko Wieringa, Eden Sessions Creative Director, said: “We’re proud to announce Paolo’s appearance at this year’s Eden Sessions – another fantastic coup! His laid-back brand of motown-tinged folk rock will be a perfect match for Eden’s beautiful surroundings. “With five announcements behind us, this year’s Sessions are promising to be our best yet. We have some of best, most high-profile artists in the world already on the bill and there will be more exciting announcements to come.” The Sessions are famed not only for bringing top acts to Cornwall but also for their festival feel, with extra bands and entertainers playing around the site in the run-up to the main event. Massage and alternative therapies will also be showcased around Eden on the day of each Session. The 2010 Sessions will be the ninth season of summer gigs at the Eden Project. Performers in previous years include Oasis, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Paul Weller, Hot Chip, Muse, Editors, Snow Patrol, Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Verve.
Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V . V Festival kicks off its 15th anniversary celebrations by announcing a world class line up for this year’s festivities on the 21st and 22nd August 2010 – to be headlined by Kings of Leon and Kasabian. The summer spectacular, held across two sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, will be crammed with the hottest names in music. Joining the headliners over the weekend will be favourites Stereophonics, Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Cheryl Cole, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Paolo Nutini, and 2010 BRIT award winner Florence And The Machine. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 5th March and festival organisers are advising fans to purchase them quickly to avoid disappointment, but only from official outlets listed on www.vfestival.com. Headliners Kasabian said: ‘We can’t wait. We feel it’s the right time for us to headline a festival. We’ve been playing so many festivals for so long, years and years. I think the moment is right. It’s just a wonderful thing to be doing. ‘Our fans are going to love the show. They’ll really enjoy it.’
Fans will also experience sets from Madness, Editors, Mika, White Lies, Groove Armada, The Courteeners, Goldfrapp, The Charlatans, Scouting For Girls, Chase And Status, The Temper Trap, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, La Roux, Sugababes, Pixie Lott, Skunk Anansie, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Shed Seven, Imogen Heap and Plan B.
Kasabian singer Tom Meighan has blamed the internet for “killing” rock stars. The outspoken frontman claims there are no iconic musicians left because artists reveal too much about themselves on blogging websites such as Twitter. He said: “It’s not like what it used to be like in rock ‘n’ roll. In the 60s and 70s you had the likes of David Bowie and Marc Bolan, and then in the 80s you even had shit acts that were rock stars. Then in the 90s you had the Britpop revival. “I think – especially in the last three or four years – the internet’s taken a stranglehold and killed off the myth of the rock star now. You know when you used to buy the records and there was the myth behind them? There’s too much on blogs now and I think it’s killed it off. Nobody’s surprised by an interview anymore or anything. It’s quite tragic.” He also said blogging has taken away the spirit of rock ‘n roll’. He told Bang Showbiz: “There are so many rock stars writing these self pitying blogs and it’s not in the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, it’s like ‘Wow, what rubbish’.” The band are up for six nominations at next week’s Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 24, including Best Band, Best Album and Best Live Band.