Kings of Leon have announced their new album When You See Yourself with the release of the tracks “The Bandit” and “100,000 People.”
Both tracks harness the warm indie charm characteristic of Kings of Leon’s discography. “100,000 People” boasts more muted, emotional songwriting akin to Come Around Sundown’s “Pyro,” whereas “The Bandit” features an upbeat tempo and roaring guitars.
“The Bandit” has already received a music video. Director Casey McGrath captured the band performing their new single in a studio, intermittently rendering the analogue footage in rich color to contrast the black-and-white grain.
Kings of Leon previously shared a live version of “Going Nowhere” in March last year with the promise of more music to follow, but no further releases materialized. Bassist Jared Followill addressed the lack of follow-through on Boxing Day via Twitter, assuring fans that new songs were two weeks away.
“Blame it on the holiday ‘cheer’, but I just feel like sharing,” Followill tweeted. “Kings of Leon tweeted ‘the w8 is nearly over’ TEN MONTHS ago. Enough. If you were promised new Kings music in 2 weeks, would you forgive us? Could you?”
The follow-up to 2016’s Walls, When You See Yourself will arrive on March 5. Watch the clip for “The Bandit” here:
And listen to “100,000 People” below: