Kings Of Leon stream ‘Mechanical Bull’ online ahead of official release

Meanwhile, frontman Caleb Followill admits that he wasn't fully focused on the band's 2010 album

Kings Of Leon are streaming their sixth album, ‘Mechanical Bull’, online ahead of its official release on September 24.

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Meanwhile, Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has said he “pretty much checked out” for the band’s fifth album, ‘Come Around Sundown’.

“I pretty much checked out for that record,” Followill told Rolling Stone. He added that he was “pissed” at his bandmates for laying into him in public after he stormed offstage during a gig in Dallas in June 2011, leading to the band cancelling the rest of their US tour. He commented: “I was fucking pissed. I got on a plane and went to New York and was like, ‘Fuck them,’ you know. And, you know, it hurts. It hurt when I heard that, because I’ve always stood behind them. I stood behind them when we fucking walked offstage because of pigeons. I’ve always been like a one-for-all, all-for-one type.”

Caleb Followill recently denied rumours he is an alcoholic. He spoke out against suggestions he had to get help for his drinking habits after their 2011 tour was cancelled. At the time the band cited “internal sicknesses and problems that need to be addressed” as for the reason for pulling out of the gigs. Speaking to The Telegraph, the singer was keen to stress that he still drinks and never received help with his habit.

He said: “I’ve never been to rehab. I just stopped. I enjoyed rediscovering what it’s like to be normal, and not play the role people expect. It opened my eyes to a lot of stuff. It doesn’t mean there aren’t gonna be times when we all want to cut loose and let our hair down. But I enjoy not drinking. Next time you see me, you’ll probably be saying, well, that didn’t last long.”

Kings Of Leon’s new album ‘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, 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.