|Kasabian"[The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum] was inspired by movies like (Alejandro Jodorowksy's) Holy Mountain" says Serge Pizzorno. "It's the soundtrack to an imaginary movie. We want to encourage people to listen to it as whole. At the moment people are being encouraged to pay seventy nine pence to download one song, and I think that really underestimates what genuine music fans want to listen to. We wanted to make an album which takes the listener on a journey."Getting here has been a process which started in 2007. As with all great albums, it's been a tale of passion, perseverance and more than a few long dark nights of the soul.When touring commitments for chart topping second album Empire (sales to date: nine hundred thousand and counting) finally came to an end, the band found themselves crash-landed back in Leicester, forced to re-adapt to everyday life."We were on the road for four years straight" says Tom. "We played everywhere from baseball stadiums in Japan to supermarkets in Mexico. By the end of it we were like vampires, feeding off the road. Suddenly you're sitting at home with nothing to do. It did my f***ing head in."While Tom bounced off the walls, Serge wrote. "Empire was a difficult time," acknowledges the guitarist. "This time I wanted to take my time and create something on a grander scale. You're always told that you should write ten hit singles, but we thought: 'let's throw it out of the window and go even more mental."Recording at home and in the band's own studio in a disused shoe factory - stocked with "mad amps, guitars with three necks and ancient synths" - Serge set about getting the symphonies inside his head down on tape."In my house I've got a tiny little room with a computer, a couple of synths and guitar" he explains. "I'd spend hours working on tunes. I've always liked concept albums - Pepper's, The Small Faces' Ogdens Nut Gone Flake, The Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow, and I realised I wanted to write songs which worked together as a whole. The buzz you get at three o'clock in the morning when you've got a beat going and the verse and chorus come together is what it's all about for me." By the middle of last year, Pizzorno had fine-tuned an album's worth of material. However - ever the perfectionist - he decided to seek a second opinion. "We finished the album and it was ready to go," says Serge. "I'd produced it, and the label were happy to put it out as it was. But I took a step back and thought I wanted someone else's ear. So I asked Dan the Automator (aka hip-hop legend Dan Nakamura) whether he would be up for working on it. For me, DJ Shadow's Entroducing was a massive record, so I knew I could trust his opinion."