• 54°

Reaves column: Nashville band Kings of Leon deserves more attention

I’ve been listening to the new Kings of Leon single “Sex on Fire” way too much recently, because it is that good, and it really made me realize how strange it is that they are not more well known here in America.
The Kings are huge over in England, yet they are practically unknown here, outside of the college crowd. It’s not like they are foreigners or anything.
They are from Nashville, so they should have their home country on their side, but alas they do not.
American radio is more concerned with playing the same bands and songs over and over again than giving more deserving acts the spotlight. If you don’t know about KOL, here is a brief history.
The band is made up of three brothers and one cousin, all with the last name Followill. Caleb is the singer/guitarist, Nathan is the drummer, Jared is the bassist, and cousin Matthew is lead guitar.
The band is named for their grandfather, Leon. They started off playing country music, but soon discovered rock and began developing a more garage rock sound.
Their first full length album “Youth and Young Manhood” was released in 2003 with tracks such as “Red Morning Light” and “Molly’s Chamber” being featured in a few commercials.
Their next album “Aha Shake Heartbreak” has probably their most well-known song “The Bucket” on it, which was featured in a VH1 commercial that year. “Taper Jean Girl,” another song from that album, was used in the movie “Disturbia.”
The next release, “Because of the Times” came out in 2007 and is their most ambitious to date. The album featured more experimentation from the band as they moved away from their garage rock roots into harder rock.
This album went to number one in the UK, while here it barely grazed the top 25. I saw them while they were touring for this album at Bonnaroo 2007, and they blew me away. They sound better onstage than they do in the studio, which says a lot because their studio recordings are very good.
The new album, “Only by the Night,” comes out later this month (Sept. 23 to be exact), and I highly suggest that you get a copy of it, along with their other music. The three tracks I’ve heard from this new album are superb and some of their best stuff yet.
The KOL grow by leaps and bounds each album, which makes it even more of a travesty that they are not better known here. Definitely check them out if they tour near you.
(To pre-order a copy of the Kings of Leon’s upcoming release, “Only By the Night” go to www.kingsofleon.com.)
nnn
Musician Jesse Reaves lives in Salisbury. Contact him at ringostrat1@yahoo.com.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide

Local

City names downtown recipients for federal Parks Service grant

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs 2021-22 budget priorities, supports buying body cameras

Education

Educators reflect on Teacher Appreciation Week

Education

Livingstone College wins $30,000 Home Depot grant

Education

Shoutouts

News

Shield-A-Badge With Prayer program enters 26th year, accepting volunteers to pair with officers

Education

COVID-19 infection, quarantine numbers in Rowan-Salisbury Schools reach new highs

High School

High school football: Offensive line came together for Hornets, who play for state title tonight

Local

Pro baseball: White makes pro debut and says, ‘It felt amazing to be out there’

Education

West Rowan Middle eighth grader wins investment writing contest

Local

YSUP Rowan invites agencies to participate in youth-focused training

Nation/World

US backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines

News

As demand drops, Cooper visits vaccine clinic to urge usage

News

NC lawmakers advance bill barring mandatory COVID-19 shots

News

N.C. bill banning Down syndrome abortions nears floor vote

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees 301st death from COVID-19

Coronavirus

N.C. lawmakers advance bill barring mandatory COVID-19 shots

Local

Rowan Public Library joins initiative to help people with digital connectivity

Local

Mocksville to dissolve police department

Crime

Blotter: May 5

Local

Salisbury’s McElroy named top city, county communications professional in state

Local

Locals condemn use of force during 2019 traffic stop of Georgia woman

Kannapolis

Back and better than ever: Cannon Ballers kick off inaugural season in Atrium Health Ballpark