In today’s cover interview with NME, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill laid bare some difficult truths about the Nashville band’s years prior to comeback album ‘Walls’. “There were a lot of moments where we weren’t talking,” he said. “It was like, ‘Man, we’ve become business partners. We haven’t maintained our friendship and our brotherhood, everything that we are.’”
Compare ‘Radioactive’, the lead single of their 2010 album ‘Come Around Sundown’ to out-and-out classics like ‘Milk’ and ‘Molly’s Chambers’ and it’s hard not to link that business vibe with the arena syndrome that hits so many bands around album four. By 2010 it had properly dug its claws in; that album was disappointingly innocuous in places. Even 2008’s ‘Only By The Night’, Kings of Leon‘s real breakthrough album, showed the see-saw tipping from aloof snarls to soggy radio Slurm: ‘Closer’ and ‘Crawl’ relatively lonely on one side, ‘Use Somebody’ and its brethren on the other.
So where does ‘Waste A Moment’ sit? Somewhere in the middle. It’s the story of a fiery waitress and her waster boyfriend driving from Texas to Hollywood (“all the way from Waco to WE-HO”). It’s not a particularly dangerous lead single. Worryingly, it’s got a massive chorus that takes itself slightly too seriously (“Take the time to waste a moment”). But then again, the idiosyncratic yowling in the verses show real glimmers of KoL’s spiky personality – it even sounds a bit like ‘The Bucket’ in places, and that was an absolute banger. If that’s the direction album seven is heading, bring it on.