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Kings Of Leon are hoping to erase the memories of their last album and tour cycle, for 2010's Come Around Sundown, when their sixth studio effort, Mechanical Bull, arrives on September 24th. Those memories include an onstage meltdown from frontman Caleb Followill, a canceled U.S. tour and hints that all was not well within the group's ranks. Drummer Nathan Followill told MTV News that it was the "darkest period" in the group's decade-long career, adding, "We were able to take a year off, and step away from it for a second, and actually all got to miss what we did for a living."
Followill continued, "It was great being off for a little while, because we all had babies during that time, it was great to connect with the family in that way, but, after a while, we were ready."
The band bought an old paint factory in Nashville and converted it into a studio, with Followill saying, "There was no pressure this time around . . . We all started having fun again, and when it stops being fun, that's when either the music suffers, or the live show suffers. It was fun just to get back in there and everybody have a creative say-so, and just start from scratch. And the result is this new record."
The Kings have been playing a few new songs from Mechanical Bull on their current string of shows, including "Always The Same," "It Don't Matter" and "Supersoaker," which is the first official single.