Kasabian stormed the Echo Arena on Monday night, wowing a sell-out crowd with 90 minutes of organised musical insanity. Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist and main songwriter for the Leicester-based four-piece, is in raptures after a year packed with gigs, awards and a heap load of praise off the back of their most recent album, 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'.
The rowdy lad-rock loving crowd that Kasabian attract may dishearten some bands who feel that lovingly sculpted music shouldn’t create such adrenalin-infused chaos. But Serge and the band welcome their followers, who this week went crazy in Liverpool for the pulse of Kasabian’s furiously beating melodic heart.
As Serge reflects on the incredible year that the band has enjoyed, he tells JMU Journalism what he thinks of Liverpool and how he loves the Scouse accent.
Well played at the Echo on Monday, what did you think to the Liverpool crowd? I thought for Monday night it was quite phenomenal actually because everyone’s had a good weekend and then spent Monday at work and then they go to the show. It’s usually hard to get people’s energy going but they were with us from the start and we were really thankful, they were f****** great.
Tom said, bar Leicester, Liverpool is his favourite city. Is that the same for you? Well his girlfriend’s from Liverpool so I think he was scoring some brownie points with her but I don’t know, it’s a nice place.
Do you get artistic vibes from being in Liverpool with it being the home of The Beatles; does it make you feel a bit rock and roll? Yeah I’ve got quite a few friends from Liverpool, so yeah. They’re all musicians and when I come there is always lots going on, it’s good, it’s definitely a special place. We were staying near the docks and that’s where the soul records came in that have influenced all the boys, so it’s nice.
Have you ever played in The Cavern? No, but I went there for Tom’s 21st birthday. It was great to see it but the music was horrific. I was expecting some dirty kind of 60s garage rock but they were playing S Club 7. It was weird. It was disgraceful really but I suppose that’s what they have to play.
If you ever played at the Cavern and you had to cover one Beatles song, what would it be? Wow, what a question. I’d probably go with Happiness is a Warm Gun.
Have you ever wanted to write a song about something personal but never felt you could do it? Not really, no. I don’t really think too much about anything like that. I’m not that sort of writer. It doesn’t enter my thinking.
What sort of writer are you then? Well, I don’t really get into the kind of, if a cat’s died I have to write a song about it, you know what I mean? All the emotions and stuff.
The new album is based on the experience of a mental asylum. Do you find being famous like living in a nuthouse? Yeah, I suppose living in general, doing what you do, it’s a pretty mad place anyway. Maybe sometimes you might be better off if you were gone and away with the fairies. It’s why people drink a lot and take lots of drugs, to escape reality. It depends if you want to see it like that then it can be, I think it’s easy to escape.
The fame? Yeah, you can get lost in it, but you can always escape.
I know you love performing 'Doberman' live, but off the new album what gets you going most on stage?
I think playing 'Vlad' has been really quite special. It’s the reaction you know, it’s huge. We play it in the encore and it’s nice to come back out and play, the reaction to that has been really great.
Would you say the old songs or the new songs get the best response? Well, I’d say that the new songs do which is really nice because you fear that you’ll be playing the old songs all the time. It’s nice that the new ones are getting a bigger reaction. It feels pretty good.
You did a gig in Dublin for 'Arthur’s Day' this year, but in secret. As you may know, here in Liverpool we have a large Irish population, fancy doing something secret in one of our Irish pubs? Yeah I’d love to yeah, I’ve got to say, that gig was mental. We didn’t even know where we were going to play, we turned up in this pub and no one knew who the band was going to be and it was insane, I mean, it was hysterical. It was fantastic and everyone seemed to have such a great night including us so we’re thinking about maybe doing that, just turning up in places and playing 40 minute acoustic sets. I think that would be great.
At the Echo Arena on Monday you were playing to thousands of people, do you prefer the smaller gigs or the larger gigs? It’s hard to say. They’re both great for different reasons. The sleaziness and the sexiness of being in a little place and everyone is riotous and it’s deafening because everyone is so into it, but then you get the coming together of thousands of people... that is pretty special. I prefer the arenas to the stadiums because you still get the thousands of people but if you play it right you can still make those places feel smaller than they are. I think with anything you miss what you’re not doing at the time, like if you’re doing a big gig you miss the small ones but then you’re like, ah... I like the big ones.
You’ve been touring all year and you’ve now only got five shows left. How do you think it has gone? It’s been a really good year, we’ve worked really hard, we’ve not really stopped so I’ll be glad for a few weeks off just to do nonsense. But I think it’s been phenomenal actually. When we’re off it gives us a bit of time to realise what we’ve done.
Are you going to go back home to Countesthorpe? Yeah, I’ll go and see my mum and dad. They live in Countesthorpe so I’ll go down the Bull's Head or something.
You’ve got an old jukebox at home that plays a random mix of tunes, what would you hope to come on at six in the morning? Six in the morning? Mystery Train by Elvis, I always like a bit of that later on. It gets everyone back on their feet. If anyone’s flagging a bit of Elvis always sorts it out.
Do you find the Liverpudlian accent sexy? Yeah, I find the slower Liverpudlian accent sexy; I really like the older accent, the slower accent.
And how would you sum up Liverpool in three words? ‘Rock and Roll’.
By Louisa Collington
Deputy Website Editor
Kasabian loved the Liverpool crowd; YouTube: Kasabian perform 'Fire' at the Echo Arena on Monday