Being a dedicated front-row supporter lairing lyrics to Red Morning Light and cradling each second to Crawl, I was amongst the many whole heartedly embracing their first internationally popular selling album, Only by the Night, at Reading Festival 2009.
Some may associate condemning controversy with this particular performance, either first-hand experiencing the neglectful nudges from lead singer Caleb Followill, or since reading about his disheartened annoyance towards the crowd. Rather than having euphoric revelations to Revelry, as the band had hoped, the crowd solely mustered screams of attention to Sex on Fire - still dubbed by many as KoL’s most famous song. Frankly, no wonder Caleb showed signs of defence and defeat; years of creative juices, soulful sweats and tenderly tears went unrecognised. Now excused as his ‘Kurt Cobain moment’ Caleb has apologised, “I was hating the success and I was scared that people were thinking that we did this on purpose, that we made this record [2008’s ‘Only by The Night’] so that it could be big.” Since then, the band has remained welcomed, appreciated and idolized by new fans and old, receiving masses of manic love for all consecutive albums and tours since, including Come Around Sundown and Mechanical Bull.
Although significant to the progress and character defining existence of KoL, we shall leave its previous memorable moments in the past, and look to creating future ones. With open arms we welcome them to the UK once again, cue: WALLS world tour.
WALLS, released in 2016, is their seventh full-length album, and quite impressively it murmurs similar tones, humming the same vibrant energy and harboring Caleb’s distinctive husks of the previous albums combined. Adhering to identity ritual, it fits the syllable count to previous album titles, supposedly standing for “we are like love songs.” Claimed to draw similarities to Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, WALLS begins its story with Chapter 1, Waste a Moment. Resembling such an iconic record is merely enough enticement to uncover the truth of the remaining track list. I deeply encourage its exploration, and as Kitty Empire states, you too may appreciate its “jewel-like detail and cogency.”
Already receiving a plethora of praise, I trust their whirlwind tour will create further explosive turbulence amongst our eagerly awaiting UK fans; performing at Manchester, Sheffield, Dublin and London throughout June and July, it would be plain ignorant to miss. So why not continue your own KoL narrative - embrace those sweet notes of nostalgia and treat yourself to more memories of blissful mayhem. Plug their melodies into your minds, lionize their lyrics and savior your shouts of devotion. Its time to pay your dues.