Despite Kasabian being one of the UK's biggest bands, their attempts to "break America" have thus far proved fruitless - but they now insist that's all about to change.
In an interview with Absolute Radio guitarist and songwriter Sergio Pizzorno and frontman Tom Meighan spoke of their bid to finally win over music fans Stateside, saying: “It’s looking good for us out there so hopefully we’re going back.
“I don’t think we’ve ever actually gone out there and worked that hard as a band. It was absolutely gruelling and I mean it. Gig, next town, gig, promo gig, promo gig, and it was good. I think the future looks good for us in America because we haven’t been there for five years. We had a bit of politics with our record company.”
This politics was alluded to in an interview Crave Online's Johnny Firecloud held with Tom Meighan last year, who said: "basically we had no backing, that’s why we haven’t been to America for a long time. As for lack of appreciation, I think we just concentrated on other places in the world and we’ve been really busy, but our favorite place to tour is America. It makes you feel that rock and roll is not dead."
Kasabian's desire to make it big Stateside echoes that of their close friends Oasis who, before they split, had made several attempts to make a name for themselves in the US, but to no avail. “It's like we’ve got something to fight for and prove something, because we’ve got Europe pretty much hands down now," added Meighan in the band's discussion with the radio station. "We’ve still got unfinished business in America.”
They also stated that they were working on a follow-up to 2011's UK number one album Velociraptor!, with Meighan saying: "I think Sergio's got loads of stuff written already. I imagine he has because he never stops writing. So I can't imagine when we're going to record a record, not at the moment, probably next year some time."
You can watch Kasabian's rendition of Bugsy Malone's "We Could Have Been Anything" in this weeks Kill The Popscene! blog.