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Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon performing live at the "Festival Internacional de Benicàssim", on July 22nd, 2007.
Kings of Leon performing live at the "Festival Internacional de Benicàssim", on July 22nd, 2007.
Background information
Origin Tennessee, USA
Genre(s) Alternative rock
Garage rock
Southern rock
Years active 2000–present
Label(s) Sony BMG/RCA
Website Official website
Members
Nathan Followill
Caleb Followill
Jared Followill
Matthew Followill

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Contents

History

The group's name is derived from Nathan, Caleb, and Jared's father and grandfather, both named Leon.[1]. Jared and Caleb were born in Tennessee, while Nathan and Matthew were born in Oklahoma. The brothers spent much of their youth travelling around the American South with their father, a traveling United Pentecostal Church preacher and their mother, who taught them when they were not in school. According to Rolling Stone magazine, "While Leon preached at churches and tent revivals throughout the Deep South, the boys attended and were occasionally enlisted to bang on some drums. They were home-schooled or enrolled in small parochial schools. Dean and Pete of Jingo Madness greatly influenced the Followills. Except for a five-year stretch when they settled in Jackson, Tennessee, the Followills spent their childhoods driving through the South in a purple 1988 Oldsmobile, decamping for a week or two wherever Leon was scheduled to preach." For other uses, see Father (disambiguation). ... This article is about the domestic group. ... Official language(s) None Capital Oklahoma City Largest city Oklahoma City Largest metro area Oklahoma City metro area Area  Ranked 20th  - Total 69,898 sq mi (181,196 km²)  - Width 230 miles (370 km)  - Length 298 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... The U.S. Southern states or The South, known during the American Civil War era as Dixie, is a distinctive region of the United States with its own unique historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... The United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) is a United States-based international Christian denomination of the Pentecostal movement, and is headquartered in the St. ... This article is about the magazine. ... A parochial school (or faith school) is a type of private school which engages in religious education in addition to conventional education. ... Jackson is a city in Madison County, Tennessee, United States. ... Oldsmobile was a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ...


Although it was rumoured their father, Leon, was "defrocked", in an article for Q Magazine in July 2007 Leon himself was quoted as saying "I was not defrocked, I resigned." Leon and his wife divorced in 1997 [citation needed] and after various jobs, the brothers moved to Nashville in 1998. They formed a band in 2000 with their cousin Matthew. Their music is influenced by their religious upbringing and their Southern roots and also other musicians, including Matthew R. Hudson who played the drums in a similar fashion to that of Nathan. For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ...


Brothers Nathan, Caleb and Lucas originally sang country music and dance electro and later moved to playing rock and roll. They worked for a brief period of time with label and management group Pistol Creek Productions. They spent their time with this label mainly singing at rodeos. They also were members of the West Tennessee Mass Choir for a short time. [2] Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...


Nathan, the eldest of the brothers, graduated from Christian Life Academy (a private school that is now defunct) in Henderson, TN. Caleb dropped out mid-senior year to pursue country music.


Upon signing with RCA, they were introduced to Nashville-based song-writer/producer Angelo Petraglia, who had previously worked with artists such as Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride. Petraglia would prove very important to the band, moving them in a more rock-oriented direction and co-writing many of their songs. "I turned those guys on to the Rolling Stones and a lot of the older raw rock-and-roll stuff," he said.[3] Caleb, whose first name is Anthony, is known as "Tony" to the rest of the band and his closest friends. Brooks & Dunn is an American country music duo, consisting of singer-songwriters Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn. ... This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification. ... Martina McBride (born Martina Mariea Schiff, July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas) is an American Grammy nominated country music singer-songwriter. ... This article is about the rock band. ...


Discography

Holy Roller Novocaine and Youth and Young Manhood

Kings of Leon's first release, The Holy Roller Novocaine EP came out in 2003. Four of its five songs would later be released on Youth and Young Manhood, with the songs "California Waiting" and "Wasted Time" being remade. The EP also contained the B-side "Wicker Chair". All the songs were co-written by Petraglia. Holy Roller Novocaine released on February 18, 2003, was the debut EP of the American rock band Kings of Leon. ... Youth & Young Manhood, was the debut album from Kings of Leon, released in August 2003. ... Released on February 18, 2003, Holy Roller Novocaine was the debut EP of the American rock band Kings of Leon. ... Youth & Young Manhood, was the debut album from Kings of Leon, released in August 2003. ... California Waiting is the third single taken from the Youth and Young Manhood album by the American rock band Kings of Leon. ... Wasted Time is a song by Skid Row. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ...


Their debut album Youth and Young Manhood propelled them to relative stardom, particularly outside the United States, where they were dubbed one of the driving forces behind the so-called "new rock revolution" by the European press. Their stakes only rose when they were chosen by popular rock bands The Strokes and U2 to tour with them. The title of the album was taken from their father's bible according to Jared. All songs were again co-written by Petraglia, who also contributed guitar and co-produced the album with Ethan Johns. The songs "Molly's Chambers", "Red Morning Light", and "Holy Roller Novocaine" were used in various video games, movies, and TV advertisements. The first single, "Molly's Chambers" became a minor hit overseas. Youth & Young Manhood, was the debut album from Kings of Leon, released in August 2003. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... Molly’s Chambers is the first single taken from the Youth and Young Manhood album by the American rock band Kings of Leon. ... Molly’s Chambers is the first single taken from the Youth and Young Manhood album by the American rock band Kings of Leon. ...


Aha Shake Heartbreak

The band's second album Aha Shake Heartbreak was released in the United Kingdom in October 2004 and in the United States in February 2005. Building on the southern-infused garage rock of their first album, the album was released to widespread acclaim and broadened the band's domestic and international audience. "The Bucket", "Four Kicks", and "King of the Rodeo" were all released as singles, with the "The Bucket" rising into the Top 20 in Britain. The band also garnered accolades from several of their rock peers, including Noel Gallagher of Oasis, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, and Bob Dylan. The band toured with Pearl Jam and Bob Dylan for much of 2005 and 2006. Aha Shake Heartbreak is the second album released by the southern American rock band Kings of Leon. ... Aha Shake Heartbreak is the second album released by the southern American rock band Kings of Leon. ... Aha Shake Heartbreak is the second album released by the southern American rock band Kings of Leon. ... Aha Shake Heartbreak is the second album released by the southern American rock band Kings of Leon. ... Aha Shake Heartbreak is the second album released by the southern American rock band Kings of Leon. ... Aha Shake Heartbreak is the second album released by the southern American rock band Kings of Leon. ... For the English rock band, see Oasis (band). ... This article is about the rock group. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... This article is about the rock group. ... This article is about the recording artist. ...


Because of the Times

In March 2006, it was announced by NME that Kings of Leon were back in the studio, working on their third album. Drummer Nathan Followill told NME.COM: "Man, we're sitting on a bunch of songs right now that we wish we could let the world hear!". The band's third album was titled Because of the Times, which is a not-so-subtle reference to a large UPC ministers conference held in Alexandria, Louisiana that the brothers often attended.[4] Because of the Times is the third album of Kings of Leon. ... March 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase announces that the 2006 Fiji general elections will be held in the second week of May 2006 from the 6th to the 13th. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... Because of the Times is the third album of Kings of Leon. ...


The album was released on April 2, 2007 in the UK, and a day later in the US to virtually universal praise. NME said that the album "cemented Kings of Leon as one of the great American bands of our time" and Entertainment Weekly called Because of the Times "an epic wide-screen movie of a CD and the band's best to date." [5]. Another reviewer described Because of the Times as, "an accomplished album of unbelievable beauty and familiar, loveable grit. Kings of Leon is maturing wonderfully and with patience, not forcing anything musically or lyrically that doesn’t sound natural." [6]. It entered the charts at #25 in the US and debuted at #1 in the UK selling approximately 70,000 copies in its first week of release. The album was preceded by the single "On Call", which became a hit in Britain. For many fans of the group's earlier work, the album was slightly disappointing upon release, as the band abandoned much of it's fun, dirty, southern-fried swagger for a more mature, polished sound. This, however, did not stop the album from becoming arguably the band's most successful commercial and critical release. Other singles from the album include the song "Fans" and Charmer." is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ... Because of the Times is the third album of Kings of Leon. ... Because of the Times is the third album of Kings of Leon. ... On Call is a single by rock band Kings Of Leon. ... Because of the Times track listing Ragoo (8) Fans (9) The Runner (10) Fans is a song by US rock band Kings of Leon, and is the second single released from their 2007 album Because Of The Times, and is the ninth track on the album. ... Because of the Times track listing Knocked Up (1) Charmer (2) On Call (3) Charmer is a song by US rock band Kings of Leon, and is the third single released from their 2007 album Because Of The Times. ...


The 4th album

Caleb recently confirmed to UK magazine NME that the band is already working on tracks for the fourth album even though the third album was only just released. One of the reasons for this is that the third album was finished almost a year before it was released so he felt it was time to write songs again. Furthermore, in an interview Jared suggested the next album will "rock harder", suggesting more tracks like McFearless, Charmer, and Black Thumbnail. "We've broaden our musical tastes in the past couple of years and feel we're ready to tackle our southern roots...again" says Jared Followil, the band's bass player. Recording is set to begin in Feburary, when the band completes its current tour.


Members

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Trivia

  • Kings of Leon's music can be found in various soundtracks to popular movies and television series', including HBO's Entourage, the Farrelly brothers' film Stuck on You and Disturbia
  • Kings of Leon's song "Molly's Chambers was used in a V.W. Jetta commercial.
  • The band Red Light Knights includes Tyson Followill (lead vocals and lead guitar), who is another cousin of the brothers. The two bands played at a show together with The Features in September 2006. The musical influence is easily appreciable.
  • European releases of both albums are marked as property of "HandMeDown Records".
  • In an episode of The Mighty Boosh, The Nightmare of Milky Joe (Series 2, Episode 6), Noel Fielding's character, Vince Noir, uses a copy of Kings of Leon's UK version of Aha Shake Heartbreak as a mirror to signal a rescue ship. Vince describes it as "a blinding album; better than their first" and adds that they "came up with it really quickly".
  • In a scene and the closing credits of the movie Disturbia, "Taper Jean Girl" is played.
  • All four band members go by their middle names; Anthony (Caleb) Followill, Michael (Jared) Followill, Cameron (Matthew) Followill, and Ivan (Nathan) Followill.
  • A track from Youth and Young Manhood, 'Spiral Staircase', is featured on the Playstation 3 game 'Motorstorm', and of the same album track, Red Morning Light, featured in the Playstation 2 and PC sport game, FIFA Football 2004.
  • Kings of Leon are very popular in the U.K. and Ireland. On July 20th 2007, they sold out two nights at the 5000 seater RDS Arena in Dublin in just 13 minutes.

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External links

  • Kings of Leon Official website
  • NME Artist page featuring news, reviews, videos, and photo galleries
  • JamBase: Getting With The Times - Interview
  • TracksMusic.com 2005 Interview
  • Rolling Stone article
  • ASCAP Interview
  • Kings of Leon fotolog
  • Kings of Leon Los Angeles Concert Review with Photos

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