Reporting Jay Tilles
On July 17, Kings of Leon will finally deliver new music to their patient fan base in the form of “Supersoaker,” the first single from their upcoming album, Mechanical Bull (due September 24).
The guys debuted the track at New York’s Governors Ball festival last month with Caleb Followill issuing the comedic warning: “We’re going to play a song we never played before. So if we mess it up, it’s your fault.” Live video from the performance is below.
Caleb talked to Germany’s JIM video about his band’s makeshift Nashville studio earlier this year. “We actually bought this old paint factory and turned it into a studio,” he said. “The songs were coming from a good place and we wanted them to be a little more lighthearted than some of the stuff we’ve done in the past.”
Speaking of the spontaneous and organic nature of the album, Caleb explained that because the record studio was so informal, “you could hear a lot of really natural things happening [on the recording]. A lot of times there was somebody in the background shooting basketball.”
“I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I’m amazed how youthful it sounds,” bassist Jared Followill told NME. “It’s like a mix of Youth & Young Manhood and Because Of The Times.”
Kings of Leon are currently on the road in the U.K. and Europe and will perform with The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill at the “Rock For Oklahoma” fundraiser to help those who were affected by the state’s recent tornadoes.
This fall, the band will take the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 28.