The Kings of Leon appear to be set to start work on their new album after a recent interview with bass player Jared Followill revealed that the group are finally ready to follow up their 2010 album Come Around Sundown, and put all their personal problems behind them.
NME reports that Followill shared the details on BBC Radio 1 yesterday, saying that the group have been “meeting with producers every day, so we’re starting to get the ball rolling on album six”. He also mentioned that brother and frontman Caleb has been putting his pen to paper quite a bit for the album, saying: “Caleb has been writing a lot, and yeah, I think it’s going to go really well.”
Recently Followill formed a new side project named Smoke & Jackal, but would this mean it’s the beginning of the end for his role in the Kings of Leon? Far from it, he says if anything “the side project got my creative juices flowing again and just doing something completely different, I feel like it can bring more creativity to our band.”
Followill also responded to a fan on Twitter the other day, confirming that he would be committed to the group’s new album, saying:
— Jared Followill (@youngfollowill) August 22, 2012
This all follows a hiatus, after the group were forced to cancel shows last year when Caleb stormed offstage in Dallas claiming he was exhausted, and rumours that he was being forced to go to rehab.
Nathan Followill spoke in an interview earlier this year with MTV, saying: “Over the holidays, [you] break some bread, have some turkey, everyone makes up, I don’t think it was as big as people thought it was, but the press machine takes it and runs with it.”
The band’s fifth studio album Come Around Sundown was released in October 2010.