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It’s been nearly five years since Kings of Leon’s fourth full-length release, the explosive Only by the Night that catapulted the band into the spotlight with chart-topping singles such as “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody”. The success of that album lead Kings of Leon to headline the Glastonbury Music Festival in 2009, as well as Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits. After their fifth studio release, Come Around Sundown, there was a fifty date US tour that was cancelled abruptly a month or so into the shows with no dates rescheduled; following that, the band announced that they were taking a hiatus. Many were left wondering if it was the end for Kings of Leon. That question has been answered, though, as the Southern rock band just revealed that they have a sixth album due out this September by the title of Mechanical Bull.
What can fans expect on the forthcoming record? Bassist Jared Folowill, in an interview with NME, revealed, “I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I’m amazed how youthful it sounds. It’s like a mix of Youth & Young Manhood and Because Of The Times,” referring to past Kings of Leon releases.
Some of the newer material was supposed to be premiered on Friday night of this past weekend’s Governors Ball, where Kings of Leon was slotted to close the first day of the fest. Due to the torrential rain and weather conditions, Governors Ball officials were forced to cancel that performance last minute. Happily, Kings of Leon were able to be rescheduled to the Main Stage for a performance on Saturday evening, where they played a seventy five minute set that included a mixture of older tracks as well as new songs from the September 2013 Mechanical Bull, including the new track, “Supersoaker”.
Kings of Leon has been quoted as saying that the new album will be more “musically complicated” than past work, but fans will just have to see for themselves come September.