This goes out to all of the youngsters that never saw The Stone Roses or Happy Mondays back in the day; the ones that believe in the sheer power of British music and how life would somehow be different without our friends across the pond. If you have not heard of Kasabian yet then:
1. Dig your head out of the ground.
2. Consider yourself warned.
Dancing quickly became infectious as Kasabian, one of the biggest buzz bands this year, took the stage last night in New York City at the Bowery Ballroom. If last night’s show was any indication as to what we can expect from the young lads in the future, then consider myself sold. Putting the fact that I am one of the biggest anglophiles out there aside, the bands first and only US show of this year was arguably one of the best concerts I have seen this year.
Smug and snotty, the performance started off with hypnotic guitars, rolling beats, and infamous “Ahhhh’s” that the crowd quickly absorbed. In fact, the crowd seemed to already know most of the words and was singing along with tracks like “Reason Is Treason”. The guy behind me screamed, “Join the revolution! Are you part of the revolution?” If the revolution was recognizing front man Tom Meighan’s ability to mimic Liam Gallagher then yes, count me in. I take that back. The only thing that separated him from Liam was he didn’t lean over the mic with his hands behind his back. Other highlights included “Processed Beats”, the drugged out “L.S.F” and the soon-to-be-a-hipster-favorite “Club Foot”.
Some might say that there is nothing really new in what Kasabian is conveying. It is not brain surgery; it isn’t anything that hasn’t been done before. (Brush up on your Britpop history.) Granted Kasabian should consider paying royalties to Ian Brown, but give me something that sounds like Oasis and The Verve any day over another lame screamo band. People always say what goes around comes around. Trends follow each other. Kasabian just might be the band that re-sparks the days of Britpop. Now if we can just get Pulp back together…