UK powerhouse Kasabian released their third record The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum on June 9th, 2009 in the United States, on RCA Records. Produced by Serge Pizzorno and Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, DJ Shadow), it is a follow up to their second albumEmpire which debuted at #1 on the UK charts and was rewarded 9 of out 10 stars by the NME. Vlad The Impaler, the album’s first single which was written by Serge Pizzorno and produced by Serge and Dan the Automator, is a turbo-charged rock anthem; a full on rant from start to finish sped along by Tom Meighan’s searing vocal. “Vlad is a total chaos tune,” enthuses Serge. “It’s a call out to all our people, the ones who are tuned into our radio station.” The promo video for “Vlad the Impaler” stars Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh fame playing a vampire slayer. Another track off the album, “Underdog” was featured along with Kaká, in Sony’s Bravia MotionFlow television commercial. Sunday 7th June 2009 saw Fire being the highest new entry reaching number 3 on the UK Top 40. On Sunday 14th June 2009, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum reached number one in the UK top 40 charts. Sunday 21st June 2009 saw West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum spend a second week at number one in the UK.
Kasabian are an English rock band from Leicester, formed by Tom Meighan (vocals), Sergio Pizzorno (guitar and vocals), Chris Edwards (bass), Chris Karloff (Keyboards and Guitar) and Ash Hannis (drums) who left shortly before the release of the first album. During the recording of the band’s second album, the drummer Ian Matthews became a permanent member. Shortly after this, Chris Karloff was asked to leave due to “creative differences”. He was replaced during the recording of their second album by Jay Mehler.The band members are from the Leicestershire villages of Blaby and Countesthorpe. They met while attending Leysland High School and Countesthorpe Community College both in the village of Countesthorpe. The band took their name from Linda Kasabian, the young pregnant girl who drove the car in which the killers escaped after the murder of Sharon Tate and four others, on the first night of the Tate-LaBianca murders. The band has been compared with the likes of Primal Scream, with whom they share an electronica-indie rock fusion, and The Stone Roses and Oasis, with whom they share confidence, swagger and rough vocal style. Their music is often compared with “Madchester” group the Stone Roses in music magazines such as NME, though the band have disputed their labelling as a “Madchester” band as “lazy journalism”. The band released an EP titled Fast Fuse in late 2007 which featured the songs “Fast Fuse” and “Thick As Thieves” however the EP was not given any promotion or advertisement. It has been confirmed that both tracks will be featured in their third album. “Fast Fuse” was also included in the soundtrack to the video game FIFA 09, and was the official theme song of a WWE pay-per-view event, Cyber Sunday 2007.
Kasabian started work on their third album, The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum, in late 2007. The band have said that their third album will contain an early Pink Floyd-influenced song that “sounds like Syd Barrett.” During the making of their third album, they recruited live replacement Jay Mehler as a permanent member of Kasabian.