Ever wanted to know what Kasabian get up to on tour? Us too. So we asked the band's lead singer, Tom Meighan. Read on to find out what he had to say
Dusty, exhausted and in desperate need of a shower, Team melty left 2015's Sziget Festival last Sunday following a brilliant End Show from the immensely talented Martin Garrix, smiles plastered from ear to ear in spite of the searing heat. After talking to Subways bassist Charlotte Cooper ahead of the group's superb A38 set on the Thursday, we sat down with Kasabian lead singer Tom Meighan to discuss his career fronting one of the UK's most popular bands, and the result was one of the most enjoyable - and honest - interviews we've ever had. Meighan didn't hold back, recounting war story after war story with a devilish grin - until it came to the music, that is. The singer's favorite Kasabian song? "Bow", from their latest release, 2014's 48:13. Ask him for his favorite album, though, and you'll get an aghast: "I can’t pick one, it would be like picking one of your kids!" Take a look at the interview in full below and let us know what you think.
This year, more than 400, 000 festival-goers headed to Budapest over seven days, but Meighan would be just as happy singing for the regulars in his local pub. Asked whether the band's famous stadium-rock sound makes playing smaller venues difficult, he responded: "I don’t mind... I like the small venues, to be honest with you. I could play for 2000 people, 500 people, I’m not fussed… it’s never really bothered us." As Meighan says, the group have never had any fear, even right at the beginning of their career, and it was indeed a confident and assured quartet who took to the stage that evening in Hungary (you can read our review of the concert here.) This Friday, the group closes the Main Stage at the Rock en Seine Festival in Paris, France, and guess who has tickets. We'll see if the band can work their festival magic twice in a fortnight. Would you have liked to have seen Kasabian live at Sziget 2015?