Billy Bragg has compared Kasabian to the stars of 1984 rock mockumentary Spinal Tap, saying that he thinks the band named their new album "48:13" as "they hadn't bothered to think up any f--king titles."
Speaking to NME ahead of his annual appearance at Glastonbury festival, Bragg decried the lack of bands making a political statement with their music, mentioning headline act Kasabian and their tackling of Google and the NSA's observational tactics in their new single "Eez-Eh."
"If we're really honest with ourselves, we have to admit that urban music is where the politics are nowadays," said Bragg. "There are still political singer-songwriters, but no one you could compare to the Clash, or even the Manics. When it's all down to Kasabian, it's like..."
Despite not offering an end to the statement, Bragg continued: "They (Kasabian) have an import role to play: they are there to remind us how true Spinal Tap was. I'm not a fan, but if you read their interviews as if it was dialogue from Spinal Tap, it's very entertaining. Especially the stuff Sergio [Pizzorno] says - he's [frontman] Nigel Tufnel. Particularly with the album title, '48:13'. I'm guessing that's how long the record is. Someone sent them a CD that just said 'Kasabian', and they didn't know what else to put on it, 'cos they hadn't bothered to think up any f--king titles, so they just put the time on and Serge said 'that is genius'."
Kasabian release new album "48:13" today (June 9). The album title does in fact reference its run time. The band headline Glastonbury alongside Metallica and Arcade Fire later this month.