Kings of Leon
RCA Records is proud to announce the release of Kings of Leon's brilliant third record. Entitled Because Of The Times, it will be released on April 3, 2007. Turning once again to producers Ethan Johns and Angelo Petraglia, Because Of The Times is the Tennessee-based band's first record since 2004's widely acclaimed Aha Shake Heartbreak, which firmly established the Followills - Caleb, Jared, Matthew and Nathan -- as international stars. The first single from "Because Of The Times," will be "On Call," and will be sent to radio February 12. The song will be available on itunes beginning February 6.

Coming off an immense amount of touring over the last two years both as headliners, world-wide festival staples and openers for the likes of U2, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam, the ambitious and eclectic Because Of The Times (the title refers to an annual preachers' conference the boys attended growing up) is Kings of Leon's most diverse collection yet and represents a major evolution for the band. Brimming with ideas, it represents a huge leap forward both in songwriting and musical prowess. "We took the limitations off of ourselves," says frontman/rhythm guitarist Caleb. "We went into the studio with an open mind, thinking let's do whatever it takes to get these songs to the next level. Because we really have a lot of music inside of us and a lot of different places we can go."

Adds drummer/singer Nathan: "We weren't scared to try anything. I think that's the difference between this album and the last. We weren't timid at all. Every song showed us something we had inside of ourselves that we didn't know existed, which enabled us to be even bolder on the next song."

Since the entrée into the rock world in 2003 by these Rolling Stone magazine-dubbed "Tennessee Terrors," with the Holly Roller Novocaine ep and the debut record, Youth and Young Manhood, Kings of Leon have received a stunning amount of accolades from the media around the globe. From covers on the NME, to 16-page feature coverage in Rolling Stone, to playing every major late-night television show in America and elsewhere several times, to features in most of the world's major magazines (from lifestyle to music to celebrity) and newspapers, the band's fabled story and mysterious, authentic and infectious brand of rock remains fascinating to the music cognoscenti. The NY Times said "the band occupies real estate somewhere between William Faulkner and the Allman Brothers, and its members have a Waltons-gone-bad back story that plays well with urbanites who find the rest of the country somewhat mysterious." Vanity Fair said the band is "one of the most entertaining, talented new bands making music today." The LA Times called their sound "mysterious southern fragility," while USA Today called it "rural authenticity and creative abandon." Interview, called Caleb's voice "a mighty howl," while Magnet said, "Like altar boys run amok in the devil's music store, the Kings don't play their instruments so much as will them into submission."

Kings of Leon will be on tour immediately after the release of Because Of The Times, including a spotlighted slot at Coachella as well as soon-to-be-announced other festivals.

[Published on: 1/31/07]

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MaseBase starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/31/2007 10:23AM
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OOH SNAP! This band is amazing. Damn exciting to hear about this new album. Can't wait to hear it.

peaton Wed 1/31/2007 11:02AM
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I am wicked psyched for this. I think Aha Shake Heartbreak is in the top 5 albums of the current decade. Caleb's vo

peaton Wed 1/31/2007 11:04AM
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(sorry) voice is extremely badass and the band defines rock and roll. I know I'm greedy when I say this, but I hope the album doesn't get too mainstream!

tDB and Gravy starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/31/2007 11:17AM
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tDB and Gravy

Heard a couple of the new songs at KOL's ACL Fest performance. Awesome! I especially remember "On Call." Pure rock.

This album is going to be great.

lovelivedos Wed 1/31/2007 01:32PM
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love these guys. great records and high energy shows. psyched for the new album and tour.

gmoo star Wed 1/31/2007 01:33PM
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Glad to see people are stoked. Saw them play before Primus at a festie this summer, really didn't enjoy the music at all but looked like people were having a good time. Best of luck to the band...

theivywall Wed 1/31/2007 08:34PM
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yeah, kings of leon are tight. aha shake heartbreak was solid i thought and youth and young manhood rocked my socks off so many times I had to hire a maid to look for all the missing socks.

voltard star Wed 1/31/2007 10:33PM
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to gmoo:
i bet it was hedgpeth. that festival sucked, and so did all the other band besides flaming lips and primus. worst weekend ever.

redhed starstarstarstarstar Thu 2/1/2007 07:00AM
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The Kings of Leon are dope, Hope they tour as a headliner

gmoo star Thu 2/1/2007 10:58AM
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If hedgpeth had better artists and late night shows it would have been much better. But you are right, Primus, Flaming Lips, Peeping Tom, and Trampled by Turtles were the only bands there that I get into. I went hoping to expand my horizons beyond the fact that Primus sucks, but all the other bands weren't impressive, more emo/pop punk. Slightly Stoopid might have been aight to see, but they were scheduled during Primus for some terrible reason.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Thu 2/1/2007 03:32PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

these guys are amazing. it's like a punk rock veriosn of old tom petty in some ways. i heard that these dude's parents were cousins, but oh, well they still kick ass

pauljarr starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/2/2007 05:16AM
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I had one listen to this one a couple weeks back. Upon first listen my thought was very much overproduced and not the raw sound they are known for. The Guitar work sounds a lot like the Edge. I need another listen to decide if it is good.

play4on2mr0music starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/4/2007 09:10AM
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good music is good music.. and this is it.. pauljarr take the music critic stick out of your... if you dont like it dont listen to it and move on.. You know you are physically healthier if your happier? Cant wait to jam out to this cd.. Peace and Love

Patrick3 Tue 2/6/2007 08:15AM
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KOL rocks. saw them a while back witht he secret machines in norfolk. TIGHT!

RAGGERS starstarstar Mon 2/19/2007 05:06PM
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very good news for the music world