Leicester’s finest “futuristic rock’n’roll band” have gone all prehistoric with their fourth record, Velociraptor!, as guitarist Serge Pizzorno explains.
“They hunted in packs of four, like a little gang,” says Serge Pizzorno, guitarist and songwriter with Kasabian. He’s explaining why — of all the dinosaurs in Richard Dawkins’ kingdom — they decided to name their new album after a dog-sized, feathered dromaeosaurid.
“The T-Rex would stomp everything and eat everything, but you couldn’t get near the velociraptors because they were too clever.”
Kasabian are of course a wily posse in their own right, four lads from Leicester who met in their teens, formed a “futuristic rock’n’roll band” and have been lobbing bottles at the line between dance music and rock ever since. The new record, says Pizzorno, is “quite reflective”, looking back at the time they spent “looking for aliens when we were younger, mad stuff like that.”
He wrote it in the strange wakeful hours that having a new baby exposed him to (his son, Ennio, was born in August last year), an experience he says was “the most trippy thing ever, like those game-shows where people have to stay touching the car for as long as they can, and they start talking the maddest shit…”
Velocirapator! is “the most direct record we’ve made”, he says, and also arguably the most varied, covering everything from the Ronettes-style shimmy of “Goodbye Kiss” to the techno-rock of first download “Switchblade Smiles”. “To push rock’n’roll forward you want to cut up loads of amazing elements that have been before, and then stitch them back together in the wrong order and see what happens,” Pizzorno explains, “because rock music’s not over, it’s not dead.” Or, for that matter, extinct? You see what we did there? “No it certainly isn’t. And yeah, I did. It’s clever that.”
Velocirapator! is out today (Columbia)