The more I listen to Kings of Leon, the more I come to think that they may be one of the best things to happen to family musical groups since The Partridge Family, or maybe Jack & Meg White. Consisting of three brothers and a cousin (all in their early 20s), this Tennessee rock band is making a name for themselves through a few quality releases and, most recently, a tour with Bob Dylan. They’ve got a loose Southern-garage rock feel to their music with a classy and restless edge.
Kings of Leon has worked with whiz-bang British producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ben Kweller, Counting Crows, Ray LaMontagne) for all three of their releases: 2002′s Holy Roller Novocaine EP, 2003′s Youth & Young Manhood (which sounds like the title of a bad After-School Special), and the most recent Aha Shake Heartbreak (2005), which was recorded at Johns’ Three Crows Studio in Los Angeles, using The Beatles’ old Abbey Road mixing desk. Wahoo.
The Australian version of Aha Shake Heartbreak came with a bonus DVD of 5 live songs recorded in Belgium. Here are the audio rips of these energetic tracks. They play like they mean it:
And here’s a bonus just because I can:
“Slow Night, So Long” – Kings of Leon with Eddie Vedder
Live in Seattle, 4/25/05