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The first leg of the 2014 MECHANICAL BULL TOUR was a resounding success. The Hollywood Reporter attended the sold-out Madison Square Garden show and exclaimed, “The throngs of mostly 20 somethings seemingly knew the words to every song. The concert was exemplary," while the Detroit News enthused, “The show was a muscular, high-end production.
The Kings of Leon hadn’t even started to think about making a new album when they headed out to play shows in Australia and South Africa in late 2011. The four Followills — singer/ guitarist Caleb, guitarist Matthew, drummer Nathan, bassist Jared — had been on a fairly relentless grind for the preceding eight years, releasing five albums and touring the world dozens of times since emerging from Nashville in early 2003. They exhausted themselves to the point of needing a concrete break that summer, and they announced they’d be taking six months off after the Australia tour. The plan was to relax at home in Nashville — hang out with their families, play golf, barbecue, and not even touch their instruments. But these Kings never can seem to let more than a few months pass without writing new songs: Caleb sat down in his hotel room in South Africa and penned a pair of tracks that set the tone for their new album,Mechanical Bull, and there wasn’t really any stopping from there.
Those songs — a powerful strutter called “Temple” that consolidates all the best elements of the band’s first three albums into one of their most irresistible, signature-sounding bangers yet, and the soaring ballad “Comeback Story,” which injects trademark Followill humor into its otherwise heartbreaking tone — catalyzed an album that sounds like a more refined version of classic Kings. “We wanted to write songs that are like a little two and a half minute punch in the face,” Nathan says of the eleven tunes on their sixth studio album, which clocks in at an all-too-brief 42 minutes. “We wanted to make a record that as soon as it’s over, people want to play it again. I call this one our unofficial greatest hits, because it has a couple songs that will appeal to fans of every Kings of Leon album: If you’re a Youth & Young Manhood fan, you’re gonna love ‘Family Tree,’ because it’s funky and dirty and nasty. If you’re into A-ha Shake Heartbreak, you’re gonna love ‘Supersoaker.’”
With the breakout success of their self-titled 2010 debut album and widespread acclaim for their exhilarating live shows, Fueled By Ramen recording group Young the Giant has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting new bands to come out of Southern California in recent memory.
For their highly anticipated second album Mind Over Matter Young the Giant enlisted Grammy-nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen - known for his work with such diverse artists as Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, and M83. Featuring the electrifying lead single “It’s About Time,” the collection of songs finds the young band challenging themselves both lyrically and musically. Mind Over Matter follows the band’s debut, Young the Giant which featured singles as 'Apartment' and the RIAA gold certified smashes, 'My Body' and 'Cough Syrup.' 'My Body' was a top 5 hit at Alternative radio and closed 2011 as the year’s fifth most-played song at the format. 'Cough Syrup' drew even greater success, peaking at #2 at Alternative, and enjoying crossover chart success at both Hot AC and Triple A radio. 'Cough Syrup' remains in regular rotation at radio outlets nationwide and was recently performed on the season premiere of NBC’s top-rated show “The Voice.”
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