Before turning into the kind of enormodrome-sleighing, chart-topping rock royalty they have become so associated with today, Kings Of Leon started out as a pack of root-tootin' rock n roll renegades. Breaching our shores shortly after the 'New Rock Revolution' class of 2001 that birthed The Strokes, Interpol and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings Of Leon were the ever-bearded, southern-fried equivalent. Debut 'Youth & Young Manhood' was an instantly likeable collection of Lynyrd Skynyrd-esque rock n roll hoedowns that showed great promise from the off; and their albums have only shown staggering progression since their debut landed in 2003. Since then, Kings Of Leon have released a further three full length albums, each showcasing an ever-maturing songwriting ability from the Followill brothers. Their 2008 album 'Only By The Night' topped the Clash Albums of the year poll, whilst third album 'Because Of The Times' crash-landed at number 3 in the recent Clash 50, missing out to only Radiohead and Arcade Fire for their seminal 'Funeral'. With such a prolific output and no signs the band are set to retreat any time soon (The Kings have already talked of a more blues-based album set for release in 2010) the Followills have come a long way from the dusty back roads of Nashville, and it looks like they're going to be around for a very long time.
Nathan Followill , Caleb Followill , Jared Followill , Matthew Followill