As previously reported, Grammy-winning rockers Kings of Leon, who have Talihina and Oklahoma City ties, marked the release of their new album “Mechanical Bull” today by performing on “Good Morning America.” Along with talking about the new album, they performed its first single, “Super Soaker,” as well as their smash “Use Somebody.”“Mechanical Bull,” KOL’s sixth studio album, follows 2010′s “Come Around Sundown” and an abrupt hiatus the following year. As Rolling Stone reports, lead singer Caleb Followill nabruptly walked offstage during a show in Texas following an incoherent rant, prompting the band to cancel the rest of its American tour and take a sabbatical.
“Being a family band, we were bound to have that awkward first time hangout at a show or at Christmas or Thanksgiving. There’s no avoiding it. If the band even stopped, we’re still a family and would see each other. So that wasn’t a thought in any of our minds. We all knew we needed a break, but we knew it wasn’t over,” drummer Nathan Followill, Caleb’s brother tells Rolling Stone.
The Nashville, Tenn.-based group recorded the album with longtime producer Angelo Petraglia after starting in on the project last fall.
“Lucky for us we were all in the same headspace, and taking that break allowed us to fall back in love with what we get to do for a living. We did what we’ve known to do for 12 years, which was pick up our instruments and play,” Nathan Followill tells Rolling Stone.
“We’d go in every day and play stuff we were into, and it was interesting hearing what people were into. There are a couple songs that could be considered country ballads, even though they’re not country songs. One song has more of a Queens of the Stone Age feel. Another one sounds more like Sly and the Family Stone. It’s all across the board.”