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Kings of Leon are currently streaming their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, on iTunes to promote the album’s official release on September 24. The band’s bassist, Jared Followill, describes the album as one of Kings of Leon’s most immature albums to date. In an interview with Metro, Jared goes on to explain that the band played countless practical jokes in the studio while recording, which was a welcome change from the high tensions surrounding the recording of their previous album, Come Around Sundown, in 2010.
The bands internal struggles hit a very public breaking point during a Dallas performance in 2011 when singer, Caleb Followill, walked off-stage halfway through the show. The band attributed the cancellation of the remaining shows for their Come Around Sundown World Tour to “internal sicknesses and problems that need to be addressed.” Singer Caleb Followill attributed the internal disintegration of the band to simply working too hard and with little to no breaks between projects.
Kings of Leon fans need no longer fear, for the band is back with a fresh album that harkens back to the band’s first two albums, Youth & Young Manhood and Aha Shake Heartbreak. In an interview with NME, Jared Followill describes Mechanical Bull as more youthful and musically complicated than their previous recordings. Give it a listen for yourself over on iTunes now!