Ahead of the release of forthcoming sixth album ‘Mechanical Bull’, Kings Of Leon bassist Jared Followill has described the record as “the most immature album ever made”.
Speaking to Metro today, the youngest brother went on to expand on his point, explaining how the studio was full of practical jokes and a world away from the tensions surrounding last album ‘Come Around Sundown’. “Fake rats, gun caps popping everywhere. We basically goofed off the entire time,” reveals the bassist of the band’s Nashville recording sessions.
‘Mechanical Bull’ is due to be released on Monday.
Meanwhile, the band also revealed that making 2010’s ‘Come Around Sundown’ “was not fun”. Continuing on, the Followill brothers went into detail about the fall-out from their last record, explaining the difficulties in making the album and the band’s burn-out around the time. “Making ‘Come Around Sundown’ was just not fun. We were in a tiny studio in New York, there was too much alcohol around all day – I’m just glad we made it back together,” said guitarist Matthew. Bassist and youngest brother Jared, meanwhile, added that, “There was definitely an internal struggle – you couldn’t even say ‘radio airplay’ without Caleb getting angry. We’d been called sell-outs after ‘Sex On Fire’. He didn’t want people to think that was all we’d tried to do.”
The Tennessee quartet then went on to divulge about the internal state of the band following the record, which climaxed with singer Caleb walking offstage halfway through a Dallas show in 2011 and Kings Of Leon subsequently having to cancel the rest of the tour. “We were tired and we’d keep working. Finally, your body says: ‘You’re done’,” explains Caleb. “It’s great for your health and your brain to stop being in a rock’n’roll band for five minutes.” Drummer Nathan adds: “When you’re young and cocky, older bands tell you: ‘Take it easy, so you can have longevity.’ We were like: ‘You’re just jealous of our work ethic and cos we can tour so long and party so hard.’ Eventually, we realised we should take stock.”
Kings of Leon also recently made ‘Mechanical Bull’ available to stream for freeahead of its release. Pick up a copy of this week’s NME to read our full verdict on the record.