Reporting Shannon Carlin
Kings of Leon premiered their new song “Beautiful War” live on BBC Radio One yesterday (September 10).
Caleb Followill told DJ Zane Lowe the song was written in the same weekend he wrote “Use Somebody” off their last album, 2008′s Only by the Night. Listen below.
He explained that the first version of the song was “slower, droney-ier” than it is now. It wasn’t until after a drunken night in the studio that him and the rest of the band decided to play with the song’s tempo turning it into a “driving, more Motown thing.”
It ended up being the first song they recorded for Mechanical Bull, out September 24. And according to Caleb, “If people don’t appreciate ‘Beautiful War,’ they can’t appreciate anything.”
A lofty statement, but the track, which shows off Caleb’s voice and features a lot of slide guitars, does sound like something any of the Motown greats could have made a hit in the ’60s.
During the BBC session the band also busted out a cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” which they turned into a bit of a tearjerker. Now if you don’t like that song, you really can’t appreciate anything.