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Despite having sold nearly two million records and been invited to tour with good friends Oasis, the band who play the Millennium Stadium next month say they have only just realised they’re huge.
“It’s weird, man,” begins front man Tom Meighan, with puppy-dog enthusiasm.
“We were doing Jools Holland the other week and we were the biggest band on it.
“Before, we’ve been on with big names, Smokey Robinson, Jarvis Cocker and people. We were looking at the list for this one, and those names aren’t there - we’re the biggest band. It’s funny...” he says, chuckling, pleased with himself. “About time..............”
When the name Oasis is mentioned, Tom has nothing but praise for the band most see as Kasabian’s spiritual predecessors. He’s quick to scotch musical comparisons, saying any similarities are more down to shared values and beliefs than any influences or sound. “We believe in realism, like they do, but we’re from the other side of the rainbow to them, musically, and Noel would be the first person to say that as well.”
Like the Gallagher brothers’ relationship being central to Oasis’ story, the brotherly bond between Tom and Serge, who first met in Leysland High School when they were 12 or 13, is equally important to Kasabian’s success, if less fractious.
“We met years ago and were in the same class in school, but I properly got to know him when we were 17. We’re pretty close, man, and we fall out a bit now and again, a few scrapes here and there, but it’s all good,” explains Tom.
“I think I annoy him a lot more than he annoys me. Us lead singers are a rare bunch, but that’s how it is, and I love it.”