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Kasabian explain why they never broke the US

Kasabian explain why they never broke the US
We all know the old challenge British bands are meant to face: breaking America. Kasabian clearly haven’t done that, but they know why and have been speaking to NME about it. For the purposes of this news story we’re going to accept they have strong enough tunes, because they’re a good band. But it’s not just about the music. 
 
“The thing about America is, we didn’t go for like five or six years,” Serge Pizzorno said. “That’s catch-up. We’re never going to get those years back. We decided to go to the rest of the world. We were too big everywhere else and didn’t want to sit in a van for a few months. Now we’ll do like 4,000 seat places in the US – that’s the optimum place to see a band. Do we go and live there and tour constantly, or just go play New York and LA every now and again? That’s fine for me.” 
 
“I think if we toured enough, then they’d listen. They understand us on stage. As a live thing, you can’t fuck with it. If we supported someone then people would understand. At this level with my two boys who I love, I can’t look at them and go ‘I’m off to tour America for six months’. Life’s too short. I want to be playing football in the garden with my lads.
 
But it’s not all about the US: “We’ve massively overshot anyway in the UK and Europe. We have absolutely no right to be as big as we are for what we do. I’m happy with that.”
 
Singer Tom summarised “We either go out and spend six solid months there and become U2, or we just stay as a cult band and play 5,000 cap venues in New York and LA. It’s great to go out and do that, it’s still big.”
 

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