by Adam Gold
So, Kings of Leon are more than a decade into their recording career. And musically speaking, like most successful in-it-for-the-long-haul rock quartets, the whole of the band’s sound is greater than the sum of its parts. That (and the fact that what the Followills may lack in shreddy, Dream Theater-style chops they don’t exactly make up for as method actors) is the take-away behind the video above. It's a comedic promo clip for the band’s upcoming American Express Unstaged concert-film collab with funnyman/director Fred Armisen — which Vevo streams live this Friday — shot in a Nashville rehearsal space. Here we see Armisen trying to drive a wedge between the thieves-thick band of brothers (and cousin), in the process breaking down their latest single “Supersoaker,” which is from the band’s forthcoming full-length Mechanical Bull (due out Sept. 24). This is some hardcore deconstructionist musical comedy.
Speaking of Mechanical Bull, today the band unveiled “Wait for Me,” another new song from the record. Unlike the upbeat “Supersoaker” — which sonically hearkens back to quartet’s nervy Aha Shake Heartbreak days — “Wait for Me” boasts the mid-tempo Southern-fried New Wave sheen of the band’s more recent work, in this case sounding like KOL’s twangy take on an ’80s Cure ballad.
As you listen (below) take a look at the image in the embedded video (of the Mechanical Bull cover art), or just close your eyes and picture a brimming arena illuminated by lighters and cell-phone screens — that works, too.