In the Post #107: Kings of Leon return with ‘Supersoaker’ ahead of new album ‘Mechanical Bull’

By on Friday, 26th July 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

My memories of Kings Of Leon vary from the grand spankingly brilliant, with me and my Dad driving round our island paradise of Guernsey, screeching at the top of our lungs, that we were CHARMERS, until our voices were as broken as a goat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggP2_5kPZts).

Then came the ominous cloud of ‘Only by the Night’, and the band that was OUR (and every other music critic) band, became every Tom, Dick and Harry’s band. They were thrust onto the Radio 1 A-list and you couldn’t go into a nightclub without hearing some garishly mixed ‘Sex on Fire’ megamix. KOL were no longer that cool band, adored by musos in the UK. They became a dirty word. Then came Reading 2009, a moment where I thought the Followills would cast off the shackles of stardom and flourish.

Instead, they pulled a naughty boy tantrum and stropped off, throwing their toys (and guitar, ouch) well out of the pram and into the onlooking crowd. The follow-up to their 2009 behemoth, ‘Come Around Sundown’ was as underwhelming as underwhelm-ment goes. Their attempt to return to the roots of their early success saw them drop to the dreary depths of a song about returning home, ‘Back Down South’. It smacked of desperation.

So imagine my joy when my ears were welcomed to the sound of a “supersoaker, red white and blew ‘em all away”. They ere back, they’re firing on all cylinders and there’s hope. Album ‘Mechanical Bull’ is set for release soon and in ‘Supersoaker’, they don’t have an automatic chart marauder, but instead they have returned to their routes, with a genuine sense of sincerity. It may not be the wanton disregard of ‘Four Kicks’, but it’s certainly a sign of brighter prospects for any Kings of Leon purists, who had long since abandoned the church of Followill.

There’s hope.

The ‘Supersoaker’ single from Kings of Leon is out now; stream the song below. Their next album ‘Mechanical Bull’ is out on the 23rd of September.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64a15jJqFDk[/youtube]

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5 Responses

12:03 pm
26th July 2013

New post: In the Post #107: Kings of Leon @KingsofLeon return w/ ‘Supersoaker’ ahead of new album ‘Mechanical Bull’ http://t.co/BPMIwIQTNz

3:17 pm
26th July 2013

RT @tgtf: New post: In the Post #107: Kings of Leon @KingsofLeon return w/ ‘Supersoaker’ ahead of new album ‘Mechanical Bull’ http://t.co/B…

3:19 pm
26th July 2013

My thoughts on the new KOL release. A return to pre OBTN coolness or a continuation of CAS mediocrity? http://t.co/qvSRWOquG8 via @tgtf

3:20 pm
26th July 2013

RT @JohnFernandez1: My thoughts on the new KOL release. A return to pre OBTN coolness or a continuation of CAS mediocrity? http://t.co/qvSR…

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