'THE third record is the one you're judged on," begins Kasabian guitarist/ lynchpin Serge Pizzorno, referring to the band's brilliant new album, The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
"It's where you've established yourself and people find out who you really are.
"In terms of success we've breached the walls," he adds with enthusiasm. "Now it's time to destroy the system from within."Pizzorno goes on to say that people are wrong to pigeonhole the band, despite their close association with friends and regular touring partners Oasis, for whom they warm the stage at Murrayfield on Wednesday.
Asked if the Leicester lads' latest album is a conscious attempt to shrug off the 'lad-rock band' label, he snaps, "We never were one. If you put our records on and press the play button, there's no pub rock in that, man. It's really British rock 'n' roll. It is what it is.
"It kind of makes me laugh when people say that to us – you ain't got no idea," he adds.
However the critics want to pigeonhole Kasabian's music, it sells by the truckload.
Leicester's biggest musical export since Engelbert Humperdinck, the band sold an impressive 700,000 copies of their first album in the UK alone, and went on to become the undisputed victors of the festival circuit, putting on sizzling performances at T in the Park, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds.
But if their 2004 debut announced their arrival, then it was the follow-up effort, 2006's Empire, which propelled the band into the big league, storming the charts at Number 4, and going on to win a wedge of industry awards.
The third from Kasabian, The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum pays homage to the psychedelic albums of the 60s – albums with ludicrous titles and preposterous contents.
"That's it, brother," asserts lead singer Tom Meighan "All those mad records, like The Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request, or Ogden's Nut Gone Flake by The Small Faces. None of the titles really make sense and that's what we wanted, in a way, but to make it modern and for the 21st-century."
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