Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Kasabian - Switchblade Smiles
Just look at the name of the track. Switchblade Smiles - contained within those two words is such a wonderful juxtaposition of slickly grim darkness with grinning upbeat fun. But then, isn't that what Kasabian have always done so well?
If anything, new single Switchblade Smiles is a real return to the sound of the band's first album - more electronic, more dark. Suddenly a thumping military drum beat kicks in followed by scratchy, metallic guitars, and we're away.
Chants of 'Hoo!' add to the animalistic, tribal feel of the song, as well as harking back to the band's legendary classic Club Foot. For the band to still be producing songs as good as this four albums in is a towering accomplishment, and a befitting landmark for the band, who among all the contemporaries, have always remained the most consistent.
Kasabian are well and truly back with a bang.
The band's new album Velociraptor! is out in September and if you pre-order it from their official store, you receive a download of Switchblade Smiles immediately.