Kings Of LeonOnly Love Can 'Break' Your Heart
For Kings of Leon, fame is a relative thing. The four-piece rock outfit from Tennessee has achieved platinum sales in the United Kingdom, where it is a bona fide sensation. However, in its hometown of Nashville and elsewhere in the United States, the band continues to toil in semi-obscurity as it waits on its first North American hit.
"Fame is where you are," Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill says. "Obviously we would love to be huge in America, but we've had a blast touring the world, and we've already sold more records than we ever dreamed we would."
The band -- a family affair comprising Followill, his brothers Caleb (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Jared (bass) and cousin Matthew (lead guitar) -- is about to take its second shot at breaking in the United States with the release this week of "Aha Shake Heartbreak" (RCA), the follow-up to 2003's "Youth and Young Manhood."
The band again worked with producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ben Kweller) and received co-production from songwriter/producer Angelo. "We definitely knew going into it that we were much further along as musicians than on 'Youth and Young Manhood,'" Nathan says. "With the first record we were just happy to get through a song without messing up. This record we knew what we wanted."