The Kings of Leon
's third album, Because of the Times
, is on its way this spring. The record is solid
, sporting the southern-bred quartet's usual brand of scuzzy rock 'n' roll while sampling some reverb-heavy guitar tones from groups like U2, with whom the Kings toured in 2005. Leadoff single "On Call" has been available on the band's Myspace page
for weeks, but the video has just now been released via YouTube. Or maybe it leaked. Whatever - it's out, it's good, and you should check it out. Be sure to watch until the end, where the cloudy airbrushed skies look like something out of Soundgarden's stormy video for "Black Hole Sun"
Want more Kings of Leon? The O Dusty!
fansite has more info than you could ever dream of, including an extensive photo gallery of the band's favorite roadie/soundman/guitar-tech/relative - Nacho
. The Media
page is perhaps more useful, with a well-stocked catalogue of live recordings, interviews, music videos, and downloadable performances. And finally, for those of you who just want to watch these related rockers shake their shaggy heads to the beat of Nathan Followhill's kick drum, we've got your YouTube fix right here:
• "The Bucket"
• An old-school performance of "California Waiting"
, featuring some of the worst haircut/mustache combos this side of the 1970s.
• A live performance of "Slow Night, So Long"
with Eddie Vedder.
, live from the 2004 Bonnaroo Festival.