Kings of Leon have already finished the follow-up to their 2008 U.S. breakthrough Only by the Night. and it'll be in stores this fall. The brotherly band announced on Wednesday (August 4) that they would release Come Around Sundown on October 19.
The band's fifth album was produced by their trusted team of Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King and was described in a press release as "yet another bold and expansive statement" from the Nashville-based quartet. Six million copies of Night, which also nabbed them four Grammy awards in February, have been sold worldwide.
The Kings finished a nearly two-year stint touring in support of Night in October 2009, and in February they began work on Sundown. They capped off the sessions in June, when they played to one of the largest U.S. audiences of their careers at the Bonnaroo festival.
Though they haven't talked much about how the new album will sound, drummer Nathan Followill said in May that Sundown might have a "darker" feel because it was recorded in New York. "And I'll be damned if we didn't go in there and make a fun record! It's got songs that are beachy, it's got songs that are a little more like our [debut full-length] Youth and Young Manhood days. ... We're super excited," he added.
They're already started previewing some of the new songs while on tour, including tracks that are tentatively titled "Immortals," "Radioactive," "Southbound" and "Mary." The Kings have also been playing a song fans have dubbed "Lucifer" since last year, though it's unknown if that one will make the new record.
Those songs are likely to keep sneaking into their sets as they play amphitheaters on a summer tour, which has already included a now-legendary gig in St. Louis last month. That show was cut short after three songs because pigeons in the rafters of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater bombed them with poop.