Reporting Scott T. Sterling
Their latest single–their first since releasing Come Around Sundown in 2010–is a return to their early days of energetic, kick drum heavy country rock. On the chorus, Caleb Followill growls,”I don’t mind sentimental girls at times,” as his bandmates join in, guitars a blazing.
Mechanical Bull was recorded at the group’s home studio in Nashville, TN, and was produced by longtime KOL collaborator, Angelo Petraglia. ”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.”
As for the record’s album title, Caleb says it was inspired by the wild, wild, west.
“Every record has to have five syllables,” he told Norway’s NRK P3. “For some reason we kept watching all these old cowboy clips when we listened to our songs and it was just kinda something that was sticking in our heads and I felt like the further we got into the record, the more tracks, it really did feel like it was a bit of a roller coaster ride.”
He added, “A lot of the time we like our record titles to be a bit of a thinker - for people to try to decode. But for this [album] it was like, ‘Man, we’re havin’ fun with this record. It feels like something that should be fun so let’s just go against the grain and go against what we normally do and call it that.’”
The revitalized outfit is currently staging their live return on the European summer festival circuit, having just headlined the Optimus Alive festival in Portugal last weekend (July 14).