Kasabian

Kasabian (RCA)

SXSW Records

Kasabian

(RCA)

If Primal Scream hadn't already staked out the title Sonic Flower Groove for their first LP, Kasabian might've called it their own, after nipping the titular flower in its bad, black bud. The Primal's early, earthy strut is matched here and wrested to the dark side – Jesus and Mary's Black Rebel Motorcycle Chain, all atmospherics, with huge, galloping riffs. There's a reason single "Club Foot" is everywhere these days: Its ferocious forward motion and unstoppable, tsunamic bombast is dressed in black and kicking teeth in. Thick, fuzzy, with electronic overtones, Kasabian is dark, darker, darkest guitar rock, psychedelia for the doom generation. The anchor-chain bass of Chris Edwards helps "Reason Is Treason" out-BRMC the Black Rebels (not to mention Brando), while the steadily mounting dread of instrumental "Orange" runs smooth as, well, clockwork. Both "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)" and the sweeping "U Boat" feel stadium-ready, with massive backswells of low-end punch overlaid with Tom Meighan's monotonic snarl and Sergio Pizzorno's swirling guitars and electronics. Can Kasabian's epics usher in a new age of brilliant filth, bloody fury, and mad, bad, dangerous-to-know swagger in UK rock? Can and will. (Friday, March 18, 11pm @ Stubb's)

***.5

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