Kings of Leon ditch "party vibe" with new album

Wed Nov 3, 2010 11:45am EDT
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By Cindy Martin

LONDON (Reuters) - Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon have left the "party vibe" behind with their latest album "Come Around Sundown," and they put the change of pace down to getting older and pining for home.

Their fifth studio album, released last month, topped the charts in Britain where the band has long been a fixture at the summit of the album listings, and hit number two in the key U.S. market -- their highest position so far, according to Billboard. "There isn't as much of a party vibe as far as fast songs (go)," lead singer Anthony Caleb Followill told Reuters in a recent interview to discuss the record.

Like his two brothers and cousin who make up the rest of the foursome, he is known simply by his middle name Caleb.

"There's only a couple up-tempo numbers. I think that has a lot to do with not just where we are as people but the fact that we recorded in New York.

"We were pretty melancholy and a little homesick. So every time we picked up an instrument it would be, at times, it would be a little slower. A little drawn back. But we had those moments," he said.

Brother Nathan added: "I think the party moments on this record are more honky-tonk, drinking out of a jug of whisky party. Like (album tracks) 'Mary' or 'Back Down South' or 'Mi Amigo'..."

He also pointed out that the band, signed on the RCA label belonging to Sony Music Entertainment, had not turned their back on the rock'n'roll lifestyle completely.

"You're still partying," said Nathan. "It's not 'doof doof' on E, tripping your balls off..."   Continued...

<p>The Kings of Leon perform at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey October 24, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>