Tom Meighan speaks of his frustration at the boyband's American success
michael baggs
13:35 25th May 2012

Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has revealed his frustration at the stateside success of X Factor boyband One Direction - while his band have endured gruelling US tours in an attempt to make an impact on the American market.

In an interview with Gigwise, Meighan spoke of the band's recent eight-week US tour, revealing the emotional and physical strain of the shows - and discussed One Direction's easy conquest of the American market.

"It's frustrating when you see five little d*cks like that take over America, it's horrific but you've just got to get on with it. They're a boyband for God's sake and there will always be room for boybands," Meighan told Gigwise. "They're kids. Let them eat the candy."

Speaking of his own band's experiences in the US, he added: "We went to America and it was a harsh f**king tour we did. We did nearly eight weeks out there and it was f**king gruelling. It was the hardest we've ever been pushed. We did well, we won the war on terror on that one. We've got to keep going back and back."

Meighan also spoke of the band's next album, their upcoming live cinema show and the struggles faced by upcoming indie bands in today's music industry in the interview. Watch Gigwise this weekend for the full interview.

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Below: Kasabian live in Amsterdam