Kings of Leon readies remix album, live DVD
By Gary Graff
DETROIT (Billboard) - Kings of Leon, still touring behind the platinum success of 2008's "Only by Night," is planning a couple of new projects for the fall -- and is starting to focus on its next album.
The quartet plans to release a live DVD and a remix album in the coming months, both of which are untitled and unscheduled.
The former was filmed at London's O2 Arena in July, a fitting locale because, as drummer Nathan Followill told Billboard.com, "England is really the first place we broke ... We figured what better place to make a live DVD than where the fans have been the craziest for the longest?" The show featured choice rarities, and Followill said that "we just put the cameras in the back of our minds and acted like they weren't even there."
The remix album came to life after Kings of Leon learned that artists such as Justin Timberlake and Pharrell had started working on revisions of the band's songs. Mark Ronson, Kenna, Lykke Li and Linkin Park are also contributing remixes, according to Followill.
"It's neat to have these people who we would've jumped at the chance to work with ourselves ... coming to us before we even get a chance to ask them," the drummer said. "It's amazing to hear your song played by these people who are so creative. Most of the time it takes me two or three listens to even wrap my head around 'Oh man, that's our song.'"
In the meantime, Kings of Leon is pondering the release of another single from "Only by Night" -- Followill is thumping for "Notion" -- but will not, as rumored, be contributing to the soundtrack for "New Moon," the second film in the "Twilight" series.
Frontman Caleb Followill, meanwhile, is preparing for a fall appearance as a guest judge on the Food Network series "Iron Chef." According to Nathan, who's getting married in November, the two brothers are "really big fans of nice meals and nice wine, but we just let him do (the 'Iron Chef' appearance) it because I'm usually so drunk by the end of the meal that I probably would not make any sense on that show and they would have to bleep out a lot more than they could use."
Amidst all this, Kings of Leon has been working on new material, and has "a good eight or 10 ideas kicking around," according to Nathan. "The new stuff is all over the place," he said. "I call it 'Aha Shake ...' but by guys that are a little grown-up and a little better at their instruments. There's stuff that sounds like Radiohead. There's stuff that sounds like Thin Lizzy. There's stuff that sounds like The Band. We're pretty much to the point now where ... we can be experimental and try stuff we would've been scared to death to try on the first couple of records. Now we find ourselves being a little more adventurous."
(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)
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