Two years ago this month, when an apparently drunk Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill vacated the stage early during a live show in Dallas, TX and all subsequent tour dates were cancelled, many of us wondered whether that spelled an unceremonious end to a great band with an otherwise stellar career. Needless to say, when last month the Southern rockers announced their upcoming release Mechanical Bull, the news was met with much enthusiasm.
This week, the band officially released the album’s first single, “Supersoaker”, which can be streamed below. Driven by a pounding snare and jangly guitars, the single is reminiscent of the band’s early work, but with a pop sensibility and a catchy hook that could give “Use Somebody” and “Sex On Fire” a run for their money. Caleb Followill’s prior vocal issues don’t appear to have carried over here; his voice still carries that characteristic southern rasp, but sounds rested and bright.
Watch for Mechanical Bull to drop on September 24 on RCA. Meanwhile, “Supersoaker” is available for download on iTunes.