Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill told Rolling Stone on Tuesday (August 27th) that the band was never in danger of breaking up despite a rough 2010. That year saw Nathan and his brother, frontman Caleb Followill, fighting in the studio during the making of that year’s Come Around Sundown, followed by Caleb walking offstage during a show in Dallas in 2011 and the band canceling the rest of its tour after that, with rumors suggesting that Caleb had been sent to rehab.
Asked if he thought the band was over as a result of all that, Nathan said, “No. People ask us that, and if you ask any one of us, we’d say, ‘No way.’ Being a family band, we were bound to have that awkward first time hangout at a show or at Christmas or Thanksgiving. There’s no avoiding it. If the band even stopped, we’re still a family and would see each other. So that wasn’t a thought in any of our minds. We all knew we needed a break, but we knew it wasn’t over.”
The Kings regrouped last year to make their sixth album, Mechanical Bull. Nathan explained how they came together to make music again, saying, “In November of last year, we started kicking ideas around in this place we bought that we turned into a studio. This is the first record where we didn’t have a chance to write on the road . . . we had to go back to the blueprint of what we did on our first album, when we locked ourselves in a house and rolled the dice.”
With Nathan and Caleb both becoming parents in the last year, the drummer was asked how parenthood has affected the band. He replied, “A lot more baby bottles than beer bottles now! But we tried to keep it as much rock & roll as we could on this one. We had one song that ended up not making it on the record. It had all of our kids’ names on it. We kept it internally to play for the wives.”
Mechanical Bull arrives on September 24th. The first single, “Supersoaker,” is a Top 15 track at Modern Rock radio.