Switchblade Smiles

Album: Velociraptor (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • The first single from British indie rock band Kasabian's fourth album, Velociraptor was this Dan the Automator produced monster. The song was debuted during Zane Lowe's show on BBC Radio 1 on June 7, 2011.
  • Vocalist Tom Meighan told NME: "It's got that 'Sabotage' Beastie Boys edge to it, but it's pure Kasabian really. The confusion and noise and melodies and drops and breaks. It's the older brother of 'Vlad.'"
  • Guitarist and lead songwriter Serge Pizzorno told XFM radio that for Velociraptor's first single he "wanted a song that sounded like the inner mechanism in a machinegun. I wanted a sound like energy and chaos."
  • Pizzorno told Q: "The title was inspired by this interview with Morgan Freeman where he described someone as having a 'switchblade smile.' I knew exactly what he meant. One of those people who seem pretty friendly but you know underneath they're a right evil f---er."

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