Listen to Kings of Leon’s New Song, ‘Around the World’
The song hearkens back to the group’s earlier sound, with angular guitars against a funky groove. It’s the second song they’ve released from their upcoming album, WALLS, which is being released Oct. 14. The first, “Waste a Moment,” can be found here.
WALLS is the first album from Kings of Leon since 2013’s Mechanical Bull, and found them needed to make a few changes after singer Caleb Followill battled alcohol addiction and the poor commercial response to the last record. They’ve dispensed with Angelo Petraglia, who had produced all of their previous efforts. Instead, Marcus Dravs, known for his work with Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire and Coldplay, was behind the boards.
“He just said things that nobody had ever said to us,” bassist Jared Followill said. “Like, ‘I don’t like that song, that’s not good, we can move on from that. … He’d be like, ‘OK, now play it like the Sex Pistols. And then you’ve turned a slow song into a fast one.”
But he also noted that the turmoil has made the band of three brothers and a cousin that much closer. “We’re in the best place we’ve ever been,” he said. “We’re enjoying what we’re doing, and we have a great relationship outside of making music. A lot of bands don’t make it this long, especially family bands. Right now we’re more excited than we’ve ever been to work.”
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