Kasabian Singer On Emo: ‘All It Causes Is Moaning Teenagers’

'If it's making [teens] depressed, how can that be a good thing?' Tom Meighan asks.

Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has something to say to all the emo bands out there: “F— you.”

Needless to say, the British singer is not a fan of the overly sensitive acts — like Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco and My Chemical Romance — that have taken the U.K. by storm in recent months. As is the case with most things involving the motor-mouthed Meighan, it’s better to let him do the talking.

“I keep hearing how emo music is bringing kids together and that it’s got these positive messages and all that, but if it’s damaging teenagers and if it’s making them depressed, how can that be a good thing?” he snarled. “All it causes is moaning teenagers. There’s nothing positive from it. People tell me it’s doing something for the kids, but all it’s doing is making them moan all the time.

“It may upset people, but emo is dead in my eyes. F— emo. Just enjoy the world,” he continued. “Teenagers are better than that, man. I want to tell them to be positive about life. You’ve been brought up well by your parents, so don’t sit around in your bedroom cutting your wrists.
Grow up.”

OK then.

While his comments may not win him many fans in MySpace land, Meighan gives the impression that he couldn’t care less. After all, earlier this month, the second Kasabian album, Empire, debuted at #1 on the U.K. albums chart, and the title track has been a mainstay on the singles chart for more than eight weeks. Plus, he can count the brawlin’, battlin’ Gallagher brothers as two of his closest compatriots (see “Oasis Might Work With Kasabian, Unless It Was Just The Beer Talking” ). So he’s obviously doing something right.

But Stateside success has so far eluded the band. Big-beat tunes from its self-titled debut appeared on shows like “Desperate Housewives” and “CSI: Miami” but failed to drum up much by way of sales (see “Kasabian Mix Big Riffs And Dance Beats To Make Noisy Love During War” ). Of course if you ask him about it, Meighan will tell you that Kasabian are just getting started and view breaking through in America as just another battle they’re more than prepared to fight.

“We’ve got unfinished business to do here in America, and we’re coming around to do it,” he said. “This country is so big, and we’ve got to work so hard. But it’s just great to have a new record, man, and to show it to you American people. We’re not finished yet.”

With one big-budget video already making the rounds on mtvU (the Wiz-directed clip for “Empire”) and a second one on the way (for “Shoot the Runner”), it’s obvious that Kasabian are serious about making it on this side of the pond. And they don’t care who they tick off in the process.

“We called the record Empire [because] we’ve been using the word for many years now to describe things we think are great: a pair of shoes, a pair of boobs, a good CD — that is empire,” Meighan laughed. “And so to call your record Empire, it’s like Never Mind the Bollocks by the Sex Pistols: It can upset a lot of people, but it suits a band of our stature. And I think it’s really brilliant, honestly.”