Kings Of Leon have confirmed that they will release their seventh studio album, titled Walls, on October 14th. The disc is the band's first in three years and followed an intense period of soul-searching after the lukewarm response to 2013's Mechanical Bull. Frontman Caleb Followill told Billboard in a new interview, "There comes a point when you realize you’ve lost that passion and that hunger. You’re chastened and want to get it back -- and in order to get it back it’s like, ‘Forget about record sales, forget about the size of the venue you’re playing, forget about any of that stuff.'"
The band shook up its routine on the new disc, parting ways with longtime producer Angelo Petraglia and recruiting Markus Dravs, whose resume included albums by Arcade Fire, Coldplay and Mumford And Sons. Bassist Jared Followill said that Dravs was a breath of fresh air, explaining, "He just said things that nobody had ever said to us. Like, ‘I don’t like that song, that’s not good, we can move on from that . . . He’d be like, ‘OK, now play it like the Sex Pistols. And then you’ve turned a slow song into a fast one."
- The band -- three brothers and a cousin -- also said that the recent break was good for all four members and allowed them to spend time with their families and each other in a non-musical setting. Caleb said, "We definitely have a better, stronger relationship outside of music than we did in the past."
- Jared Followill told us a while back that relations between him, Caleb, their brother Nathan and their cousin Matthew haven't always been rosy: "It's hard for me to compare it to anything 'cause it's the only thing I've ever known. It's the only job I've ever had and it's the only band I've ever been in. And so, like, for me, I can say we fight a lot and, you know, we kind of hate each other on and off all the time, but I don't know if that's because we're brothers or that's because we're in a band."
- Caleb admitted that some of the songs on Walls deal with very personal subject matter, such as "Over," which touches on the addiction problems that led him to walk off a tour in 2011. He revealed, "That song is very personal, and to the people involved who know what that song’s about, it’s like ‘Holy s**t.' But if you look back on stuff that’s happened years ago, if it still means something you should write about it."
- Kings Of Leon have yet to announce an official single or touring plans for Walls.