If you think you understand what Kings of Leon are singing about in their songs, think again. Bassist Jared Followill says while the band doesn’t consciously write lyrics that can have different meanings, it always seems to wind up that way.
“So many of our songs can be interpreted in so many different ways,” he tells HitFix.com . “At the time you can actually write something, and it can be completely abstract to you at the time, and then a year later something will happen to you and you’ll listen back and be like, ‘Wow, that song sounds like it was written perfectly for the situation.'”
Followill adds that the guys go through a unique process of elimination to figure out which songs ideas they‘re going to use for their albums. “We will literally jam on a song and play it for an hour straight,” he explains. “Sometimes you have to sift through an hour and 20 minutes and you always skip it towards the end because that’s when you really start to get into it. But we’ve jammed on some pretty songs for about two hours before we knew that we wouldn’t use them.”
Kings of Leon’s new album, Mechanical Bull, will arrive in stores on Tuesday in both standard and deluxe editions, the latter of which contains two bonus tracks: “Work on Me” and “Last Mile Home.”
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