The guys in Kings of Leon left the electric guitars at home for their stripped-down song “Last Mile Home.” Written for the film, August: Osage County, the song is also on the deluxe version of their latest album Mechanical Bull, though with fuller production.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the band talked of “Last Mile Home” being the first time they wrote a song not initially intended for an album.
“It was important for us to create a song to complement such a beautiful film,” Kings of Leon singer and songwriter Caleb Followill said. “We submitted the song, then went out on the road, then had to find a few days to record between tours. It was a tight squeeze but we made it happen.”
He added that the film’s story was something he could easily relate to.
“The dynamic between family is always something that you look forward to, and dread at the same time. Not only are we family, but we all have very strong Oklahoma ties, so we totally relate to that ‘frontier grit.'”
August: Osage County looks into the lives of the women of the Weston family, bringing them back to Oklahoma when a family crisis arises. The film, which hits theaters this Friday (Dec. 27), stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper, Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.