Kings Of Leon Announce New Album ‘Mechanical Bull’ For Fall Release

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Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon. (Dave Bennett/Getty Images)

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While the band’s headlining set at this year’s Governors Ball festival was nearly rained out, Kings of Leon have announced a September 24 release date for their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull.

According to a press release, the first single from the album is called “Super Soaker,” and should hit radio airwaves by mid-July. By the looks of it how it all played out, the band had planned to announce the album at Governors Ball, but instead it happened on Friday’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.


Kings of Leon were able to reiterate the album announcement (as well as debut “Super Soaker”) to fans during a rescheduled set on the second day of Governor’s Ball, after their headlining show on the first night was washed out by the tail end of Tropical Storm Andrea, which pounded the festival mercilessly throughout that opening day.

“We’re going to play a song we never played before,” lead singer Caleb Followill told the festival crowd before performing “Super Soaker.” “So if we mess it up, it’s your fault.”

“I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I’m amazed how youthful it sounds,” bassist Jared Followill told NME earlier this year about the new album. “It’s like a mix of Youth & Young Manhood and Because Of The Times.”

The Governors Ball appearance will be the band’s last U.S. show until the fall, when they’re set to perform at both weekends of the Austin City Limits festival on October 5 & 12.

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