Release Date: Mar 8, 2005
Record label: Arista
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Kasabian are the Aleister Crowley of baggy. Just as you'd expect from a band named after the getaway driver of the Charles Manson murder motor, there's a sting in their beats, a brutality to their swagger. Late-1960s soul and emergent prog are doused with Madchester arrogance in a perfect blend of the first and second summers of love. But their brand of baggy is bleak - a shot of poison swishing around in the party punch.
Pre-release hubbub might have you thinking Kasabian's debut is the Stone Roses' firstborn all over again, or that it's a Screamadelica for its generation. Almost, but these lads could use one more spin around the U.K.'s hippest clubs to really polish their craft to Madchester-in-its-prime level. What their debut succeeds in providing is out-of-the-gate excitement, a trippy sack of playful ideas, and a keen understanding of what makes hips sway and heads bob.