Kings Of Leon’s Nathan Followill says ‘Mechanical Bull’ is influenced by Queens Of The Stone Age’

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Sly And The Family Stone and country music also influences, says Nathan

Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill has said the band’s new album ‘Mechanical Bull’ is influenced by Queens Of The Stone Age.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Followill said that one track on the group’s new LP is reminiscent of Josh Homme’s work, while other influences included Sly And The Family Stone and country music.

“Lucky for us we were all in the same headspace, and taking that break allowed us to fall back in love with what we get to do for a living,” he said. “We did what we’ve known to do for 12 years, which was pick up our instruments and play.”

He went on to add: “We’d go in every day and play stuff we were into, and it was interesting hearing what people were into. There are a couple songs that could be considered country ballads, even though they’re not country songs. One song has more of a Queens Of The Stone Age feel. Another one sounds more like Sly And The Family Stone. It’s all across the board.”

Meanwhile, asked if the band had ever thought their days may be numbered due to some of the strife they faced in 2011, he replied: “No. People ask us that, and if you ask any one 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 even stopped, we’re still a family and would see each other. So that wasn’t a thought in any of our minds. We all knew we needed a break, but we knew it wasn’t over.”

‘Mechanical Bull’ will be released on September 24. Bassist Jared Followill told NME in March of this year: “I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I’m amazed how youthful it sounds.” Since then, Jared has revealed that the album is “more musically complicated” than the band’s previous efforts. In a Q&A with fans on Twitter in May 27, he also said the “vibe” of the record could be compared to their first two albums – 2003’s ‘Youth & Young Manhood’ and 2004’s ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ – but that the songs sounded like a “culmination” of all their previous work.