Kasabian are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997. The band's original members consisted of vocalist Tom Meighan, guitarist and backing vocalist Sergio Pizzorno, guitarist Christopher Karloff, and bassist Chris Edwards. The band's line-up was completed by touring guitarist Jay Mehler in 2006, replacing Karloff, and drummer Ian Matthews in 2004 after a string of session drummers. Mehler left the band for Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye in 2013 and was replaced by Tim Carter. Kasabian have released four studio albums – Kasabian (2004), Empire (2006), West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009), and Velociraptor! (2011).