Kings Of Leon never thought it was over
Kings Of Leon never doubted for a moment they’d return from their year of hell in 2011.
The band faced serious personal issues, with brothers Caleb and Nathan Followill coming to blows, frontman Caleb walking off stage after an incomprehensible rant, and bassist Jared Followill’s admission they were suffering from “internal sickness.”
Two years later KOL return with sixth album Mechanical Bull, due out next month. And drummer Nathan insists a permanent split was never on the cards.
He tells Rolling Stone: “People ask us that, and if you ask any of us we’d say, ‘No way.’ Being a family band, we were bound to have that awkward first-time hangout at a show, or at Christmas or Thanksgiving. There’s no avoiding it.
“If the band stopped, we’re still a family and we’d see each other. So that wasn’t a thought on our minds – we all knew we needed a break, but we knew it wasn’t over.”
KOL finally regrouped last November, and as a result of their break, they were forced into working the way they’d started out.
“We didn’t have a chance to write on the road,” Nathan says. “We had to go back to the blueprint of what we did on our first album, when we locked ourselves in a house and rolled the dice.”
He believes they had to go through the experiences connected with the release of previous album Come Around Sundown – and there was a reason the record wasn’t what their fans expected.
“That album got the post-Grammy monkey off our back,” he says. “We threw a curveball and made the opposite of what people were expecting.
“Everyone was expecting six more Use Somebodys, that formula for success. But it was a record that had to be made for that point in our lives.”
And KOL found their fun again. “We spent 80 percent of the time playing practical jokes,” says Nathan. “We found these little exploding things that you can pretty much put underneath anything – it’s the loudest pop in the world.
“By the end of the album we’d watch people flinch picking up anything – an instrument, a magazine, a TV remote.”
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