Kings Of Leon have debuted their new single ‘Supersoaker’ – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.
The track, which was broadcast on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show yesterday evening (July 17), is the first track to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album ‘Mechanical Bull’. The single is also now available as a download.
Speaking on Radio 1 last night, singer Caleb Followill said that the band had felt under no pressure while making the highly-anticipated new LP. “I think the last one took the pressure of us,” he said. “‘Come Around Sundown’ followed up what was at the point the biggest record of our career [2008’s ‘Only By The Night’], so going into this record it was like, ‘The monkey’s off our back, we don’t have that pressure of whether we’re going to be able to match what the last record did.’ We changed it up a bit on this record.”
He and bis bandmate Nathan Followill also hinted that they had enough material left over from the sessions to start work on another LP straight away as there was “still a lot of material at the studio waiting” and that the “next record’s halfway done, almost”.
The album is out 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 last month (May 27), 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.
Before the album is released, the band will headline this summer’s V Festival. Taking place over the weekend of August 17-18 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, the two-day event will see the band take to the main stage alongside fellow headliner Beyoncé.