Published Oct 22, 2010It's been a busy week for Kings of Leon. Firstly, the group just released their new arena-friendly album Come Around Sundown this past Tuesday (October 19). But while they should be concentrating on polishing their new anthems for their upcoming gigs, the slightly Southern-tinged band have started to bad-mouth a slew of people in the press. Last Tuesday we reported that singer Caleb Followill has had it up to here with hipsters and the concept of indie rock, and now it turns out drummer Nathan Followill has a pet peeve of his own: large ensemble rock outfits.
In an interview with Spin [via Gigwise] the skin pounder explains that he's not a fan of groups that clutter up the stage with too many members, believing that music becomes secondary to the mayhem of multi-instrumentalists.
Now its cool to have 14 people in your band doing everything but contributing musically, running around with a helmet on your head, hitting it with a drumstick, said Followill, who seems to be pointing out Arcade Fires Richard Reed Parry (see photo above). You gotta look at what youre in this for: the love of music? The fame? You can have all that if youre smart and play your cards right and dont become a dick.
Considering both of the brothers' statements this week, don't expect Kings of Leon to invite the Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Architecture in Helsinki or any other band to expand their membership beyond a standard quartet onstage for some jam band shenanigans.