Live Concert Photography: Kasabian with Slaves at Terminal 5 9/14/17
Currently comprised of founding members Tom Meighan (vocals), Sergio Pizzorno (guitar, vocals), and Chris Edwards (bass) with Ian Matthews (drums), the Leicester, UK-based indie rock/dance punk act Kasabian initially formed under the name Saracuse and derive their name from Linda Kasabian, a member of the infamous Charles Manson cult. As the band’s Chris Edwards explained in an interview with Ukula, their former guitarist Chris Karloff had been reading up on Charles Manson, and the name Kasabian just stuck with him. “He thought the word was cool, it literally took about a minute after the rest of us head it . . . so it was decided.”
The founding trio along with a rotating cast of studio drummers recorded their Scott Gilbert-produced demo EP, which was finished in December 1998 and featured three songs “What’s Going On,” “Life of Luxury” and “Shine On.” Since then the band has released six studio albums — 2004’s self-titled debut, 2006’s Empire, 2009’s Pauper Lunatic Asylum, 2011’s Velociraptor!, 2014’s 48:13 and For Crying Out Loud, which was released earlier this year — all of which have further cemented the Leicester-based act’s reputation for crafting a sound that’s been described as a mix between The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and Oasis and for a critically applauded live show. Along with that, the band has managed to be commercially successful in the UK as they received a Brit Award for Best British Group in 2010, won two Q Awards for Best Act in the World Today in 2010 and 2014, as well as one Best British Band at 2007’s NME Awards.
Produced by the band’s Sergio Pizzorno and recorded at his Leicester-based studio the Sergery, For Crying Out Loud has proven to be commercially successful, as it’s the band’s fifth #1 album on the UK Album Charts, thanks to the success of its first three singles “You’re In Love With A Psycho” and “Bless This Acid House,” and “Ill Ray (The King)” — all of which continue the band’s reputation for crafting swaggering, arena-friendly rock with shout worthy, crowd rousing hooks. Last month, the internationally renowned indie rock act headlined an arena rock friendly set at Terminal 5 with Royal Tunbridge, Wells, Kent, UK-based duo Slaves. Check out some photos from the show below.
With the release of their first two albums — 2015’s Are You Satisfied and 2016’s Take Control, the Royal Tunbridge, Wells, Kent, UK-based punk duo Slaves, comprised of Laurie Vincent (guitar, bass, vocals) and Issac Holman (drums, vocals) have developed a reputation for a sound that meshes elements of early British punk, garage rock and the blues.