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Kings Of Leon open up on their downfall: 'We became business partners'

Kings Of Leon open up on their downfall: 'We became business partners'

Ahead of their new album WALLS' release, Kings Of Leon have opened up about the view that they've gone downhill - one that many music fans agree with, and so do they, by the sounds of this new interview in NME.

They had a fall out within the group, prompting them to travel separately and thus nullifying the group's DIY core.

“After a while, it’s not ‘I’m going to do an interview with my brother’, it’s ‘I’m going to do an interview with the drummer’. When you get together, it’s never ‘We are the band’. We lost that." Singer Caleb Followill said. “There were a lot of moments when we weren’t talking. It was ‘Man, we’ve become business partners. We haven’t maintained our friendship and our brotherhood, everything that we are.”

And to put that in perspective, bassist Jared Followill said that having money to travel separately gave each other privacy and stopped hanging: “We’d only see each other for the hour-and-a-half before a show. We went too far in the other direction. If you’re going to be friends and family, you can’t really be a band, or we can’t be this band.”

They tried to build bridges in the making of 'Mechanical Bull', but that's easier than it sounds: “We were definitely going for it and trying really hard, but we got into a comfort zone. We’ve tried to peel that away on this album, by not using the same producer and doing it in our studio. We were really challenging ourselves, doing things where we were scratching our heads going ‘Holy shit, is this right? Is this wrong?’”

Kings of Leon's new album WALLS is due out on October 14th, their first since ‘Mechanical Bull’ in 2013.


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