Kings of Leon Revel in 'Youth'

By | May 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Southern rock outfit Kings Of Leon will release its RCA debut, “Youth and Young Manhood,” July 7 internationally and July 22 in North America.

The group completed a U.K. tour last week at London’s tiny Madame Jo Jo’s Club in front of a packed audience that included members of Australian rock quartet the Vines.

Kings Of Leon, now based in Nashville, features the brothers Nathan, Caleb, and Jared Followill and cousin Matthew. The foursome hails from an itinerant Pentecostal church family background. “We tell everybody we’re from Memphis, because that’s the only place we had as a home,” drummer Nathan Followill tells

U.K. press and radio outlets have raised the burgeoning group’s profile significantly. The song “Molly’s Chambers” was championed by London alternative rock station Xfm, which is now playing “Red Morning Light,” the lead track from the “What I Saw” EP, due June 2 internationally.

Kings Of Leon is on tour with U.K. group the Coral through May 21 in San Francisco. It will then appear Aug. 9 at the Bonnaroo NE festival in Riverhead, N.Y., before hopping aboard the second stage lineup for the revived Lollapalooza tour.