Kasabian wraps local production with Dan The Automator of ‘Velociraptor’ 

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Chances are, they’ve been drinking right next to you at your favorite San Francisco pub, maybe standing right in front of you at Slim’s or the Fillmore, and you never even knew it.

But the members of one of Britain’s biggest rock acts, Kasabian (named for Charles Manson’s getaway driver Linda Kasabian, of all things) have become regulars on the local scene, thanks to their ongoing relationship with producer Dan The Automator, who oversaw their last “West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum” in town, and recently wrapped sessions in both S.F. and LA for their upcoming fourth, “Velociraptor!”

The set hits digitally Sept. 20, physically a week later.

Strangely, outside of the loyal Popscene crowd, the Leicester-bred Kasabian has yet to catch on in the states, despite the arena-huge riffs of guitarist/songwriter Serge Pizzorno and the bluesy vocals of frontman Tom Meighan. But overseas, they’ve won Q, NME and Mojo Awards, been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize, and logged hit after smash hit, like the new single “Days Are Forgotten.”

On Sept. 5, they’re playing a top-secret hometown English gig (UK fans can win tickets at their website, where you can also download the “Velociraptor!” song “Switchblade Smile”) before launching a huge European tour that leads to two nights at the 02 Arena in London. But they won’t return to The City until early 2012.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll recognize them this time around.

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