The band just released their first album fronted by Serge Pizzorno
Indie band Kasabian have for the first time spoken out about sacking their current ex-lead singer Tom Meighan.
The band’s new lead singer, Sergio “Serge” Pizzorno, has spoken openly about reluctantly taking on the role of frontman, the “horrible” experience of having to tell Meighan he’s been fired and what’s new with the band music everything is about.
So what did Kasabian say, why did they sack Tom Meighan and what do we know about their new album?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Why was Tom Meighan fired from Kasabian?
Meighan was released from Kasabian after pleading guilty in July 2020 to assaulting his then-fiancée Vikki Ager at her home three months earlier.
He repeatedly punched Ager, pulling her ankles and leaving bruises all over her.
“There is no way we can condone his assault conviction,” the band said in a statement at the time.
“Domestic violence and abuse of any kind are totally unacceptable.”
What punishment did Tom Meighan receive?
Meighan pleaded guilty to what the judge called a “drunken sustained assault” on Ager.
He received an 18-month community directive and 200 hours of unpaid work.
Meighan has since married Ager, entered rehab and been diagnosed with ADHD. He has also launched a solo career.
What did Kasabian say about Tom Meighan’s sacking?
in a (n Interview with the iKasabian band members said it was awful to tell Meighan that he was no longer in the band.
Bassist and founding member Chris Edwards broke the news to Meighan, along with now lead singer Serge Pizzorno.
Pizzorno said: “You can imagine what that conversation was like. It was awful, heartbreaking. But he got it.”
Pizzorno, a 41-year-old guitarist and songwriter who has been the band’s principal songwriter since 2007, reluctantly rose to lead vocals after Meighan’s sacking.
Pizzorno said: “It hurts just to think about it. After some back and forth, he felt he had no choice but to pick up the coat.
“I never wanted to be a singer. I’m the writer, the introvert. But I had to. The band needed me for that. We had no choice, there was no way we could have left it like this.”
Pizzorno also admitted that the band were considering breaking up after what happened.
He said: “It was painful. It absolutely tore us apart, all of us. So after going through that, you’re like, ‘What’s the point?’”
Pizzorno also said he didn’t know what Meighan thought of the band going ahead with them, as they haven’t really spoken to each other since they met before the trial
He said this was “unlike me and Chris saying to him afterwards, if he ever needed us we would be there for him”.
He added: “Ultimately, none of this is the band’s fault. We haven’t done anything wrong.
“We just want to keep going and we deserve it because we’ve been at it for 25 years. It’s our band.
“Kasabian is my life”.
What is Kasabian’s new album?
The band have now released their first post-Meighan album entitled The Alchemist’s Euphoria.
Pizzorno said the album was about defiance and friendship.
“This is Kasabian, back from day one,” says Pizzorno. “Despite, being an outsider, standing up when you’re thrown down, friendship, community.
“This album encapsulates all of these important things.”
Pizzorno wrote the album title on a whiteboard as a guide while writing the article, seeing himself as a studio alchemist instilling a sense of exhilaration.
He said, “I wanted to turn a bad situation into a good one, like in (1973) The Holy Mountain when the alchemist turns shit into gold.”
The album describes The Alchemist (Pizzorno) on a journey of self-discovery and validation.
The opening title track begins with the rushing of the waves, and the protagonist wonders whether to continue.
It’s a true story, says Pizzorno.
“My sister lives by the sea and I went to visit after it all started and sat at the edge of the ocean just looking out and thinking ‘I don’t know where I’m going to end up’. It was important to start the album like that.”
Throughout there are tracks about redefining (Scriptvre), surviving (Alygatyr), overcoming obstacles (The Wall) and accepting (Letting Go).
The album can be read as a documentation of what has happened over the past two years.
However, Pizzorno said that “it’s not specifically about the band”.
He added, “It’s not ‘this happened, then this happened’. It’s more universal. Everyone knows such situations. It’s a story.”
What reviews has Kasabian’s new album received?
The Alchemist’s Euphoria has received positive reviews.
NME gave it four stars, calling it a “surprising, eclectic and intimate record”.
The Guardian gave it three stars, saying, “It offers some of that beefy, uptempo rock that gets mosh pits pumping,” adding, “It’s also generally pretty fun.”
The Evening Standard also gave it four stars, saying: “It’s great fun when you indulge in your rowdy nonsense.”
When do Kasabian go on tour?
Kasabian will tour the UK and Ireland in October and November 2022.
- Thursday 20 October: The Telegraph Building, Belfast
- Friday 21 October: 3Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
- Friday 28 October: AO Arena, Manchester
- Saturday 29 October: Alexandra Palace, London
- Monday 31 October: Doncaster Dome, Doncaster
- Wednesday 2 October: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff
- Friday 4 November: Utilita Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
- Saturday 5 November: OVO Hydro, Glasgow