Kings Of Leon say it was “shitty” trying to recreate their ‘Only By The Night’ success

Band say they now feel "no pressure" to try to match the success of past albums.

Kings Of Leon have admitted they had a “shitty time” trying to recreate the success of 2008’s ‘Only By The Night’ album.

Home to the huge crossover hits ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Sex On Fire’, the band’s fourth album remains the best-selling of their career.

“We learned our lesson early on after our really big record,” drummer Nathan Followill told Rolling Stone in an interview to promote the band’s new album ‘WALLS’.


“You put so much pressure on yourself after that – to at least maintain that momentum you’ve got going — and we really had a shitty time in the studio trying to do that. Trying to chase a hit or trying to recreate success you had on previous things. So going into this record we had the frame of mind of no pressure to recreate any success we’ve had prior to this.”

Discussing how the band felt as they began recording ‘WALLS’, Followill recalled: “We were scared shitless and excited at the same time and just going into it we were like, “We’re just gonna roll with it. And wherever the record takes us, that’s where we’re going to go.”

“There’s no right or wrong way to make a seventh record,” he continued. “You’ve obviously established yourself well enough if you can make seven records.”

Kings Of Leon released new album ‘WALLS’ earlier this month and saw it debut at Number One in both the US and UK.

The band recently announced details of a UK arena tour for February 2017. They will play five huge dates next year – calling at Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool and Glasgow. Scroll below to see the dates in full.


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When asked by NME recently if the band had “lost their edge”, frontman Caleb Followill replied: “If there was a movie made of our lives, in the last few years we had a lot of edge. Those are the moments in the movie that you’d wanna watch!”

“What we were doing early on was storybook, classic, what a band should be; the drugs and the booze and the girls. Now we consider what we’re doing a little more and if that’s losing your edge… maybe, I dunno. When you look at the bands that still had their edge, most of them, their music is shit so it doesn’t fucking matter about the edge.”

Kings Of Leon play the following UK dates next year:

Leeds First Direct Arena (February 19, 2017)
Birmingham Genting Arena (February 20)
Newcastle Upon Tyne Metro Radio Arena (February 24)
Liverpool Echo Arena (February 25)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (February 27)


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