When they made their debut in 2003, Kings of Leon were commonly referred to as the Southern Strokes by people who were also familiar with the music of the New York based band, Strokes. Initially the music of Kings of Leon bore influences of blues and Southern rock but over the years they have experimented with a variety of genres and emerged as an alternative rock outfit with a fan following across boundaries.
The quartet comprises brothers Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Nathan Followill and their cousin Matthew Followill. Caleb is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Matthew the lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Nathan on drums, percussion and backing vocals and Jared on bass guitar as well as backing vocals.
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The Followill brothers were raised in a conservative household. Since their father was a preacher, the brothers spent their early years traveling throughout the South from one Pentecostal church to the next. Secular music was strictly forbidden at home and they spent a large part of their childhood being home-schooled and watching church choirs.
Their lives took a big turn in 1997 when their parents divorced and their father resigned from the church. Caleb and Nathan decided to move to Nashville in hopes of getting a break in the music industry. In the Music City, they met songwriter Angelo Petraglia who polished their songwriting skills and exposed the brothers to “secular music” of Johnny Cash and Rolling Stones. Soon their youngest brother Jared and cousin Matthew joined them in Nashville and Kings of Leon were officially formed in 1999.
The brothers began woodshedding and by 2002 had offers pouring in from numerous labels. Eventually the band signed a contract with the RCA Records.
Kings of Leon’s first EP titled Holy Roller Novocaine hit the shelves in February of 2003. It was co-produced by Petraglia and English record producer and songwriter, Ethan Johns. All the songs on the record were co-written by Petraglia. At the time of the EP’s release Jared was only sixteen years old and had yet not learned to play the bass. However, the release gave the band much exposure and the EP received a 4/5 star rating from Rolling Stone magazine.
In July of 2003, Kings of Leon released their debut album Youth and Young Manhood. It sold more than 900,000 copies worldwide and ranked 80 on the Top 100 Albums of the Decade list by Rolling Stone. Although the response received from the critics was mostly positive and the songs fared really well on the charts in the UK, the album was not able to make much of an impact in the home country.
After the Southern infused garage rock of Youth and Young Manhood, the country rock sound in Kings of Leon’s second record Aha Shake Heartbreak was a refreshing change. Its UK release preceded its US release and singles such as King of the Rodeo, Four Kicks and The Bucket became popular instantly. The Bucket scored its way to the Top 20 on the UK music charts.
Kings of Leon released their third album Because of the Times in 2007. It spawned hits such as Charmer and On Call. However, it was with their fourth album Only by the Night that the rockers carved their niche in the US music market. Its songs Sex on Fire, Notion and Use Somebody were massive hits across the country, placing the album at the fourth spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Kings of Leon’s first Grammy win was in the category of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song Sex on Fire. The album won the band two more Grammys in categories including Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.
The band built on the success of Only by the Night with their fifth music record Come Around Sundown. The album debuted at the top of the charts in countries including the UK, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and Australia. It was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Rock Album” category.
The Followill brothers treated their fans with their sixth music album Mechanical Bull in September of 2013. It met a favorable response from fans and critics alike. It was also nominated for Best Rock Album at the 56th Grammy Awards. All the songs on the record were written by the members themselves. Among its most popular songs are Supersoaker, Temple and Wait for Me.
The latest studio album by Kings of Leon came out in October of 2016. The title of the album is Walls which stands for We Are Like Love Songs. The record debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200. It is the rock band’s first album to reach the top spot in the US.
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In a career spanning fourteen years, Kings of Leon have garnered a strong fan following around the world. The band has won four prestigious Grammys out of the total twelve nominations received. Besides, they have also bagged two Brit Awards in categories including Best International Album and Best International Band.
The Tennessee rockers have also received nominations for three Billboard Music Awards, one People’s Choice Award, three World Music Awards and over a dozen MTV Europe Music Awards.
Kings of Leon have headlined numerous popular festivals such as Reading & Leeds Fest, Lollapalooza, Firefly Music Festival and Open’er Festival. Their live performances are a treat to watch. So, if you have the chance to attend their show, you must not miss it for anything. Purchase your Kings of Leon tour tickets quickly as they are expected to run out fast.