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Albums Of The Week: Kings Of Leon | Can We Please Have Fun

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Can We Please Have Fun, as its title suggests, is a document of one of this era’s great rock ’n’ roll bands cutting loose, trying new things, and, yes, having some fun.

Recorded at Dark Horse Studio in Nashville and produced with new collaborator Kid Harpoon (Harry Styles, Florence + The Machine), the album sees a new side of Kings of Leon. On Can We Please Have Fun, the band harken back to their gritty origins while simultaneously finding new gears. It’s the sound of a band unified in vision and purpose, freed from any expectations, and the album the band says they’ve always wanted to make.

“It was the most enjoyable record I’ve ever been a part of,” singer-guitarist Caleb Followill says. “It’s like we allowed ourselves to be musically vulnerable,” his drumming brother Nathan Followill adds. “I love it when a rock band is not embarrassed to admit that every song doesn’t have to be on 11.”

Kings Of Leon are gearing up for a monumental year, and they’re ready to take the world by storm. “When you have a band, there’s a bond like no other, and when you have family, you have a bond like no other,” Caleb says. “We have both of those things. I thought, if we put all our energy toward something, who is gonna stop us? Who can stop us except us?”

Since their debut in 2003, Kings of Leon (Caleb, Nathan, brother Jared Followill on bass and cousin Matthew Followill on guitar) have released eight albums: Youth & Young Manhood (2003), Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004), Because Of The Times (2007), Only By The Night (2008), Come Around Sundown (2010), Mechanical Bull (2013), Walls (2016) and When You See Yourself (2021). They have sold more than 20 million albums and nearly 40 million singles worldwide. Five of those singles have been on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, two have reached No. 1 on modern rock radio, and all of their albums have landed on Billboard’s Top 200. Walls was their first album to debut on the chart. They have earned eight Grammy nominations, three Grammy wins, three NME Awards, two Brit Awards, and one Juno. They have toured all over the world, playing at top venues and headlining major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Glastonbury.”