Kasabian Drop New Demo, Tour America in March

I’m behind on my Kasabian news and I shouldn’t be, because every time I play one of their hits, I’m reminded about how much they rule.  It’s been about half a year since they put out one of the best (but poorly titled) albums of 2011, Velociraptor!. Despite a heavy tour schedule, it appears the band has still managed to make time to write more tunes. About 2 weeks ago (yeah, I am behind, but school is heavy and if you’re in America, chances are you haven’t even heard of this band), they posted a video for a demo called “Narcotic Farm II.” This band’s gotta get better at naming their work. It’s getting to a point where it sounds like b-video game titles. Oh well. At least they know how to write tunes, as shown below.

Narcotic Farm II (demo) – Kasabian

The band carries on a very British tradition: heisting a Western sounding tune and putting a British spin on it. I haven’t explained this concept called heisting in a long time, so I’ll reiterate. You see, stealing is when you take something directly from an artist. Stealing is boring. It’s what’s given us some terrible rehashes and everytime you hear it, you think “gee, that sounds almost too much like….”, well you get the idea. Heisting is like stealing, but not for pussies. Heisting is when you take something that is not yours and make it your bitch by putting your own spin on it. You’ll hear a tune and go “gee, that sounds somewhat familiar, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.” Simple. But yeah, this is a good example of heisting.

The band is readying to tour America for the first time in AGES. I’ve waited so long for this, yet school and a lack of money permits me to drive a mere four hours to see this band tear it up. Yeah, the shows might not be as large as the ones in England, but who cares? That just means there’ll be less British assholes. It’s a win-win. If you live in the vicinity of any of these gigs, drop some cash and check them out. Who knows when they’ll tour America again and best to see them now before they start making bad albums (all bands eventually do). If you need some convincing, check out the usual few videos after the tour dates below.

US Tour Dates

03/12 – Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom

03/15 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s

03/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Centre Stahe Theatre

03/18 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theatre

03/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts

03/22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

03/27 – Boston, MA @ House of Blies

03/28 – Montreal, QC @ Coronoa Theatre

03/29 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

04/01 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom

04/02 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

04/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

04/06 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Event Centre

04/07 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom

04/09 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre

04/10 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market

04/11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

04/22 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

Underdog – Kasabian

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Days Are Forgotten – Kasabian

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