Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno Says Rock 'n' Roll Is Dying Out

The guitarists says he hopes the group's new album will inspire a new generation of bands.

Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno Says Rock 'n' Roll Is Dying Out
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Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno has said he wants the bands new album to inspire a new generation of rock 'n' roll bands, as he thinks the genre is dying out.

Speaking to the Evening Standard (via NME), Pizzorno said he thinks there aren't many rock bands left and that he hopes the experimentation on his group's new album "48:13" will help push new bands to look to the future.

"It's weird to think of ourselves as one of the last rock 'n' roll bands around," he said. "But it's important because there just don't seem to be many left.

"This new record we've done is important because it's our best work yet," he added. "It's so much a forward-thinking record. It's a new and futuristic version of a rock band, which is important for kids starting bands, going 'Ah we don't just have to do that ... we can experiment'."

Yesterday, Kasabian announced a one-off London gig in aid of charity "War Child."

The band will play London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on June 18. It is the only London show the band have announced so far and comes three days before their homecoming show in Leicester and 11 days before their headline slot at Glastonbury on June 29.

Tickets to the gig are £50 and go onsale on Friday (May 30) at 9am. All profits from the show will go to support War Child's work with children in war zones across the world.

Kasabian's forthcoming fifth album, "48:13," is due for release on June 9.

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    Mr Winters
    "It's weird to think of ourselves as one of the last rock 'n' roll bands around" No, it's not weird. It's pretentious and arrogant. And you're wrong.
    cellofreak42
    Rock has been dying since before the Beatles. Frank Turner says it best: "Somebody once told me that music with guitars/ was going of of fashion and I had to laugh/ This shit was unfashionable when I fell in love/ If the hipsters move on, why should I give a ****?
    mr.mangum
    Look, just because rock isn't dominating the Top 40 charts anymore doesn't mean it's dead.
    the_bi99man
    The fact that people keep thinking rock is dying is just proof that all they care about is the Top 40 charts. Which means they're idiots, whose opinions don't matter.
    metalmania616
    Maybe he should go out and form a rock band then...
    robo37
    Say what you want about Kasabian, but they ARE a rock band.
    MetalRock4ever
    Yeah, but they are producing music with more of a pop feel, whereas Foo Fighters (one of many examples) still make rock music with no pop. He needs to get his head out of his ass...
    iommi600
    "Foo Fighters (one of many examples) still make rock music with no pop." Even Dave Grohl would laugh at this statement.
    KungFuRooster
    Isn't it weird when people notice that you only pretend to know what you're talking about?
    sotp
    What's a Kasabian?
    elgoog085
    Ka • sab • i • an (noun) - A mediocre, arrogant Oasis ripoff. So basically a ripoff of a ripoff. [BRITISH SLANG]
    whitebeaner
    Rock and Roll is alive and well, the underground is thriving with great bands.
    ibanez124
    Being in a local band in Baltimore, I would say there is a ton of untapped talent
    Vandekill
    Name one of them cause really I don't see... I think rock is repetitive since a few years and nothing new has been brought since the early 90's... That is kind of sad... All the new band are trying to make this 'Indie Rock' and they all have a singer with 0 personality who try to copy Black Keys or Whatever and a real lack of originality...
    robo37
    Porcupine Tree, Tool, Black Light Burns, Queens of the Stone Age, System of a Down, Muse, A Perfect Circle, Lunatic Soul, The Kills...
    ibanez124
    Wait . . . Tool and System of a Down are underground? Am I missing something?
    TheOnlyChance
    Dude , all of those bands are dark and fairly similar... NOT the epitome of rock (possible exception maybe QOTSA)
    robo37
    What's wrong with music being dark?
    TheOnlyChance
    Nothing at all, I love plenty of dark music... But to say rock isn't dead, and name a bunch of bands that's play similar sounding music doesn't really do anything to combat that argument...
    the_bi99man
    Tool, Porcupine Tree, Muse and Black Light Burns sound similar to you?
    TheOnlyChance
    I think they can be generally lumped in a similar category, yes... but of course they sound different... EVERY band sounds different
    the_bi99man
    A category including all four of those particular bands must be an insanely broad category, that could apply to damn near any rock music, and even some electronic pop. I mean... Tool... Muse... Pretty sure they sound different enough to not be lumped in with the other petty differences between "EVERY band" in any given genre. Are you listening to the same Tool and Muse that I am?
    TheOnlyChance
    Look, I'm not one who sits around for hours methodically trying to determine what specific sub-genre a band fits into... If something sounds similar to me, then that is just the way it is... Early Donovan and Bob Dylan sound almost identical, yet they also sound completely different... Try wrapping your head around that
    buddy1991
    Graveyard, Witchcraft, The Black Angels, Unknown Mortal Orchestra.. Just a few bands I suggest checking out. If you are willing to search hard enough you will find bands that you enjoy.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Ever heard of bandcamp? Search that site for rock bands. It's fairly easy to do.
    mattjamesrenn
    I must admit I'm always am searching through bandcamp and soundcloud and it's hard to find stuff I like. I usually find music on those sites I enjoy from a link from another site.
    HitmanJenkins
    You do have to sift through an awful lot of crap to find a few good bands, but I have found some killer stuff on there. You generally have to be more specific with your searches.
    Kueller917
    Indie rock tends to be more pop-ish than The Black Keys, who are (or were) more straightforward and heavier. Been listening to Elephant-6 era stuff lately and wouldn't mind the indie scene going back to those distorted/folk loud styles and stepping away from the reverb.
    6-String_Madman
    Dark Crayola!!!! Yes, they are a metal band but that is a definition of a great underground band.
    bunnyh0pz
    I hate to break it to you, but music evolves. Just because it doesn't sound like rock did in the 70's doesn't mean it's not rock. Sure, mainstream indie stuff can be bullshit, but that doesn't mean it all is. Look into Garage Rock Revival/ Garage punk bands. Tons of energy in the underground. You probably won't like them though, since they're not writing rock opera double albums, and playing arenas.