As anyone who’s seen their “Talihina Sky” documentary can surely attest: The Kings of Leon have never exactly been shy about hiding their familial feuds. Things got particularly nasty — and particularly public — last August after frontman Caleb Followill abruptly left a sold-out show in Texas (reportedly suffering from “heat exhaustion and dehydration”).
In the wake of the incident, the Kings not only canceled the remainder of their U.S. tour , but Caleb’s brother Jared took to Twitter to apologize to fans, and, in the process, hinted at a growing strife within the band, writing, “There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed. … I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.”
Of course, the band would subsequently return to the road, and those “sicknesses and problems” were never again publically addressed. So, when MTV News caught up with the Kings on the red carpet for the 54th Grammy Awards, we had to ask them: Is everything OK within the KOL camp?
“Yeah, over the holidays, [you] break some bread, have some turkey, everyone makes up,” drummer Nathan Followill said. “I don’t think it was as big as people thought it was, but the press machine takes it and runs with it.”
So there you have it. And for the record, not only are the Kings copacetic, but they’re getting ready to begin work on the follow-up to 2010’s Come Around Sundown, which they’ll record in their very own studio/good-time emporium in Nashville.
“We just bought a rehearsal space-slash-studio in Nashville, so we’re going to spend the next few months getting that up and running; kind of make it our little clubhouse to get there and just kind of goof off whenever we want to,” Followill added. “But, I’d say within the next six months, we’ll probably start kicking some stuff around.”
And from the sound of things, they’ll have plenty to kick around: Caleb is already writing new material, and he’s itching to let his brothers (and cousin) have a listen. And, just in case you were wondering if he’s holding any resentment over last year’s drama, just know that he’s going to welcome their feedback.
“I’ve been writing a lot. Kinda want everyone to get a little break from each other, but whenever they’re ready, I want to play some stuff,” he said. “Well, lyrics, that’s usually one of the last things I do, but the melodies are really strong, and the lyrics that I have written I think are pretty good, but we’ll see. These guys are always a good judge of if I’m going the right way with something or not.”
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