The drums on the new album sound like drum machines, more so than they did on Empire. Was that the sound you were after from the outset?
"Kasabian come from a processed beats background as well as loving rock’n’roll bands such as The Beatles, the ’Stones, The Who and Oasis. There’s another side to this band, particularly for Serge. He loves DJ Shadow. Tom has an enormous hip-hop influence.
"Hip-hop was a big part of the growing up process of the musicians in the band. There has always been this marrying of rock’n’roll and the sampled beat. With Empire we went a little more rock’n’roll, but there are tunes on there like Stuntman which are much more sampled.
"On Shoot The Runner my drums were layered upon themselves to create a drum section as opposed to a drum kit being played. Coming into West Ryder we wanted to go back to the more processed sound but still keep that rock’n’roll element."