Kings Of Leon say new album title was inspired by John Travolta

'Mechanical Bull' will be released in the UK on September 23

Kings Of Leon have said that the title of their forthcoming new album, ‘Mechanical Bull’, was inspired by John Travolta.

Speaking to MTV News, the band’s drummer Nathan Followill referred to the 1980 Travolta movie, Urban Cowboy.

He said: “We were so early in on the process of it, we had narrowed it down to three names, and ‘Mechanical Bull’ won out. I know we watched a lot of Urban Cowboy during the making of this record, so that definitely probably had something to do with it.”

The album is set for release on September 23.

Followill also spoke about the album’s ‘energetic’ direction and new material, which he said harks back to their first two albums. “They like the energetic direction they’re going in,” he said of the fans’ reaction to the two songs they have debuted live this year, ‘It Don’t Matter’ and ‘Supersoaker’, “which is like our earlier stuff. Going in to this record we knew we wanted to have fun and make songs that are fun to play on stage. We challenged ourselves quite a bit. I think it was very hard for Jared to have to dumb down his bass playing on some of these songs, but it fits the songs… there are some songs where I don’t even hit a cymbal.”

He added that the two new songs ‘really represent the record’, saying: “…We chose these two to play live because they really represent the record, the direction it goes in. ‘It Don’t Matter’ is dirty and gritty, a little two-and-a-half minute pounder, everybody plays as hard as they can, as fast as they can. ‘Supersoaker’ is a lot more melodic and a little more sing-along-y, if that’s even a word. Obviously there are some slower ones on the record, because we wanted to make it as full of a record as we could. But we’re ready for release date to get here so we can start playing some more of them.”

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