Kings of Leon are back in the saddle with the release of their new album, ‘Mechanical Bull’.
Following a very public meltdown in Dallas in 2011, the band took some time off and returned to Nashville to recharge in a more familiar, and familial, setting.
There, the three brothers and one cousin quartet recorded the new album in their own studio – in an old industrial paint warehouse they converted themselves. As drummer Nathan Followill explains, it proved both a financially and creatively positive decision: “There really was no pressure. We’ve made records at studios before that were super expensive. And once you start thinking about how much it costs to record a guitar solo, you’re already in the wrong head space, so it was fun.”
After achieving such massive commercial success with previous hits like ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Sex on Fire’, the band had some tough decisions to make track-listing their new album.
As bass guitar player, Jared Followill noted, while they wanted to make their new record successful, they were eager not to alienate any more of their die-hard, original fans: “It’s really hard because when you do have a hit song, you have a lot of backlash and a lot of fallout from your older fans. So then you have to make a choice. You obviously don’t want to completely cut your nose off to spite your face, and sabotage your career. And so you have to figure out what you want to do. We went for somewhere in the middle. We didn’t want people to think, ‘Oh my god, Kings of Leon have a hit, so now that’s all they are going to do is try to write more hits’.”
The Kings of Leon’s ‘Mechanical Bull’ is available for purchase now.