Kings Of Leon have unveiled a brand new song called ‘Beautiful War’.
The band played a live version of the track yesterday (September 10) on Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1. Scroll down to listen to the song, which frontman Caleb Followill has revealed that he wrote in the same weekend as ‘Use Somebody’ from the band’s fourth studio album, 2008’s ‘Only by the Night’. Speaking to Lowe, Followill said of the song: “I think if people don’t appreciate ‘Beautiful War’, then they can’t appreciate anything!”
During the same session, Kings Of Leon covered Robyn‘s 2010 single ‘Dancing On My Own’. The band play the iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse tonight (September 11) with support from Jimmy Eat World.
Kings Of Leon will release their sixth album, ‘Mechanical Bull’, on September 24. The studio version of ‘Beautiful War’ will feature on the LP. 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.” Subsequently, 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.
Since then, drummer Nathan Followill has said that the LP is influenced by Queens Of The Stone Age. 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.
Read NME’s thoughts on the new album by clicking here.