Kasabian Paint Cryptic Message On East London Wall

Kasabian vocalist Tom Meighan, alongside guitarist/vocalist Serge Pizzorno, appeared dressed in white overalls on an East London street yesterday, 4th April, and proceeded to paint the cryptic message “48:13” in black paint on a neon pink background.

Kasabian’s public painting took place only hours after the band were announced as Glastonbury headliners for 2014. According to NME, Meighan and Pizzorno, whose overalls had the words “Malted” and “Milk” printed on them, covered a wall in pink paint before stencilling the mysterious numbers in black.

The wall they painted is connected to a building owned by artist and fashion designer Aitor Throup, who designed the artwork for Kasabian’s 2011 album Velociraptor!. He also directed the video for album cut Switchblade Smiles.

NME have reported that Throup stood outside his studio and watched as the painting took place. “Kasabian are my brothers,” Throup said. “I met Tom when he wore the England football shirt I designed onstage. We’ve worked together since then [2010] and I’ve done set design for them at Reading and Leeds Festival and the Olympic Park show [2013].”

“I don’t think Tom’s ever picked up a paintbrush in his life,” Throup added. “He has good graffiti skills, but Serge was a bit better with a roller.” Throup, whose menswear Kasabian often wear onstage, wouldn’t divulge the meaning behind the painting, but said it was “part of something bigger”, and that its coinciding with the Glastonbury announcement was “a nice coincidence”. Yet, before heading back into his studio, Throup said: “I’ll give you one clue to what it all means – Malted Milk. Like the biscuits. You’ll see.”

Earlier this year Kasabian revealed that their forthcoming fifth studio album is influenced by grunge-heros Nirvana and American rapper Kanye West. The band also teased a possible release date of “16/06/14” on their official Facebook page only a month ago. Check out that teaser, along with photos of the band’s East London paint job, below.

Kasabian will headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival on 29th June.

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