If you don’t know who Kings of Leon are by now, then you may be living in a hole way beneath the earths surface. Ok, maybe that was a little harsh, but still they have been pretty much everywhere in the ast few months. Kings of Leon has been tearing up MTV and the latest outlets with their new single “Sex On Fire.” From Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2000 by the Followill brothers, Both their father and grandfather went by the name ´Leon´, which is where the band gets its name. The band´s early music was an upbeat blend of southern rock and garage rock influences. Since then, the band has experimented with various genres of music. They are Caleb Followill - lead vocals, rhythm guitar / Jared Followill - bass / Matthew Followill - lead guitar / Nathan Followill – drums.
The music on the new album, “Only By The Night” blends their infamous Indie rock with more of a textured more commercial sounding rock while keeping to their Southern Rock roots. The album starts off with the bass in “Closer” and just explodes from there. “Crawl” is the definition of this bands sound and a great track to lead off. “Sex on Fire” comes in third and has to be my favorite on the record (hopefully radio won’t ruin it for me though). The guitar tones are perfect with the lightly sprinkled gain and the mid range cranked. Singer Caleb Followill yowl’s and mutters like no other singing the chorus of this one “You, Your Sex Is On Fire” while keeping the verses as catchy as possible.
“Use Somebody” was the first single released from the album a while back and is the perfect song to follow “Sex on Fire.” The “Ohh’s” are flying high in the indie rock affair and the flowing guitars lines are blended perfectly. If you have ever seen this performed live its pretty much identical to the version on the CD. Kings of Leon may be one of those bands that are actually better live. The raw guitar tones and the riffs are a pleasure. “Manhanttan” slows things down a little, but the band doesn’t let up. The arrangement on Manhattan and the twang driven vocals could possibly even make this one a single.
“Revelry” is another great song on the album with lyrics like “baby run like a stream down a mountainside, With the wind at my back I won´t ever even bat an eye, Just know it was you all along who had a hold of my heart, But the demon and me was the best of friends from the start.” Also more of “Woo hoo hoo, Woo hoo hoo” fly in the middle. “Be Somebody” has a great vibe as well and can undoubtedly be another single as well. There are so many the band can release that will do well.“Only By The Night” was produced by Grammy-Award winning Jacquire King (Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, Sea Wolf) and Brian Carter at his Paradox Production facility in Murfreesboro, TN. The best thing about this as “Sex On Fire” became popular it opens the many tunes up on the album to be releases as singles. The band deserves all the great recognition this album gets, as its one of the best in years in the indie rock world.