Kings Of Leon – Definitely not the Fickle Freshmen
“Rock to the rhythm, and bop to the beat of the radio, you ain’t gotta sing but you got the face to play the role, you can play with me” – ‘Fans’ 2006.
Maybe the line “Oh the London scene, cause England’s Queen makes you love the tales I breathe, you know the rainy days they ain’t so bad when you’re the King, the King they want to see” made the UK crowd cheer with elation and satisfaction – The early ‘Because of the Times’ days.
Although the bands formation has only recently been recognised by the more ‘formulaique’ crowds of the 2005 plus years, Kings have been on the scene for many years, 1999 to be exact.
Band members, Nathan, Caleb and Jared Followill were born into the music scene, their father, Leon, being a pentecostal church preacher, who, the boys would accompany on trips to different churches, learning at a young age to play the drums alongside gospel singers.
It was in 2002 that the Followill boys essentially formed Kings of Leon, signing their first record deal with RCA. It was the same year that they invited their cousin Matthew to take the stand as their lead guitarist.
After six months of songwriting and pitch recording, the band released their first album ‘Youth and young Manhood’ in 2003, named after their father’s bible. The album was more of a success outside of the US, particularly in the UK and gained added musical recognition by the likes of The Strokes and U2.
Leon’s second album ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ was released in the UK in 2004, followed on by it’s US release in 2005. The album though different to the first, gained the band immense international recognition, upping the stakes for both them and their record label.
The album saw hits like ‘The Bucket’, ‘Four Kicks’ and ‘King of the Rodeo’ rise to the top of the British singles charts, shortly after each release. It was shortlt after the US release of the album that Kings toured with U2, Pearl Jam and Bob Dylan, through to 2006.
March 2006, was the time of preperation for their next Album ‘Because of the Times.’ It was finally released in the UK in 2007, to which NME quoted that the album “cements Kings of Leon as one of the great American bands of our times.”
Their 2008 – 2009 album ‘Only by the Night’ was released in the UK and was acredited for five time platinum status. The biggest single from this album to date, was the infectious ‘Sex On Fire’ followed by the overture of ‘Closer’ and ‘Use Somebody.’
Attaining Best International Band and Best International album at this years Brit Awards, Kings had achieved their biggest honour to date.
Headlining throughout 2008 at Oxegen, Glastonbury, T in The Park and the V Festival, the band decided to announce a tour of Australia and New Zealand for early 2009, covering Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
This year sees the Kings appearing in both the Reading and Leeds Festivals with an abbundance of loyal followers feeling proud to take their place in the crowd.
“Get back on track, pick me up some bottles of booze, fickle freshman, probably thinks she’s cooler than you, a hay ride at 5, everybodys comin around, so go press you skirt, word is there’s a new girl in town…”
With amazing b lines, Kings of Leon are not only serving for universal taste, but are creating mindful, soul tingling tunes along the way.