Thanks to Kanye, now almost every time I hear Kings of Leon mentioned, I think: "Look like a fat booty Celine Dion / Sex is on fire, I'm the King of Leon-a-Lewis..." Founded down in Nashville way back in 1999, Kings of Leon is truly a family affair; made up of 3 brothers and their cousin -- frontman Caleb Follwill backed by Nathan, Jared & Matthew Followill. While their sound has gradually morphed from Blues-based Southern Rock to Alternative/Arena Rock, Kings of Leon have slowly risen to the top(s) of the "modern" Rock charts. Their upcoming sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull was recorded in a pretty pressure-free environment with long-time producer Angelo Petraglia and sounds "more [youthful and] musically complicated" than the band's past efforts.
Although, in a Twitter-fueled Q&A, Kings of Leon noted that Mechanical Bull could be easily compared to Youth & Young Manhood (2003) and Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004) or a culmination of all their collective albums. We've now heard our first legitimate taste of the record with "Supersoaker," which was uploaded online Wednesday, July 17th. Now, I can't say I hate wide-loved singles like "Sex on Fire" or "Use Somebody," cause they're almost instantly catchy tunes. But "Supersoaker" just seems more in line with early, slightly more Hard Rock-based Kings of Leon tracks like "Molly's Chambers" and "The Bucket." Months ahead of Mechanical Bull's September 24th wide-release, Kings of Leon are headed to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 22-23rd to likely perform "Supersoaker" for the first time on national TV, hopefully backed by The Roots!