Kings of Leon are all set to release their new album Mechanical Bull this month and drummer Nathan Followill has cited the Queens of the Stone Age as a major influence on the new album.
Followill spoke to Rolling Stone about the new album, saying that one of the tracks is reminiscent of QOTSA lead singer Josh Homme's work. Speaking about making the album the drummer said '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.'
Followill was then questioned about the bands future and if the end was in sight for the band, 'No. People ask us that, and if you ask any one of us, we'd say, 'No Way'. 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.'
During 2011 the band cancelled their entire US tour saying 'internal sicknesses and problems that need to be addressed' was the reason for the cancellation. Rumours circulated that it was in fact frontman Caleb Followill who needed help with his drinking habits. Claims which he was keen to dismiss in a recent interview. I've never been to rehab,' he said. 'I just stopped. I enjoyed rediscovering what it's like to be normal, and not play the role people expect. It opened my eyes to a lot of stuff. It doesn't mean there aren't gonna be times when we all want to cut loose and let our hair down. But I enjoy not drinking. Next time you see me, you’ll probably be saying, well, that didn't last long.
The frontman did add however that he probably is not the nicest person to be around when he is drinking. 'Once I start to drink you don't want to be around me because there's a level of brutal honesty, if not just pure meanness. In a way, I lash out at everyone else 'cause that's when I start to point fingers at myself. I don’t know what I'm tormented by but it's something. Maybe I'm just a drunk.' Wouldn't rule out that trip to rehab...
Mechanical Bull is released on 24th September, you can check out their track Supersoaker below.