The band invite NME to their LA studio to get the inside story on their new album...

Kings Of Leon have finished their second album ‘A-HA SHAKE HEARTBREAK’ – and NME.COM were the first to hear it.

The follow-up to ‘Youth And Young Manhood’ has been recorded “like it was done in the old days”: completely live and with analogue equipment.

The band say the influences on ‘A-Ha Shake Heartbreak’ range from old R&B and Motown to hip-hop and Talking Heads, and most of the songs have been based on their experiences on the road over the last 18 debauched months.

Speaking of the new record, singer Caleb Followill said: “They’re all so random. Different nights, different stories and different emotions. We’ve written about some things on this record that we’re ashamed of, said things that we wouldn’t normally say. We’ve got some songs about fighting and some songs about loving and some songs about killing and some songs about fucking – it’s got everything!

Track titles for the record include ‘Taper Jean Girl’, ‘The Bucket’, ‘King Of The Rodeo’, ‘Still Nights So Long’, ‘4 Kicks’, ‘Pistol Of Fire’, ‘Velvet Snow’, ‘Soft’, ‘Where Nobody Knows’, ’Head To Toe’, ‘Rememo’, ‘Razz’, ‘Dale Blues’ and ‘Milk’.

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