The Aha Shake Heartbreakers return with their euphonious new single, “Waste a Moment” – the first song taken from the band’s forthcoming seventh studio album, Walls (released on October 14th via Columbia Records).
Produced by regular Coldplay collaborator and recording veteran Markus Dravs, “Waste a Moment” is raw, vivacious, and on-the-trigger impulsive – as Kings Of Leon appear reinvigorated, perfectly encapsulating the wayward hysteria and hyperreality of Because of the Times.
Conflating the South western swoons of Caleb’s vocal cadences with bombinating basslines which buzz like agitated beehives – “Waste a Moment” transforms a cautionary tale of caustic love into something as wildly chaotic as Mick Jagger’s relationship history, and as danceable as a 1930s lindy-hop. The song opens with Caleb narrating the intemperate lifestyle plaguing a relationship between two Texan reprobates. He ripostes “All the way from Waco to WeHo with the rabbit on a chain, Drove a little slick car to ten bar with the static on her brain”, eulogising a compelling two-sided argument, and delivering his most notable songwriting since Only by the Night – a resounding return to form for the Nashville native.
Similarly to Caleb’s newfound oddball lyricism, the music video is equally as perplexing. Waste a Moment’s narrative follows a hostile relationship between a supernatural cheerleader and her inebriated stoner boyfriend, as a series of paranormal disturbances; including cardiac-arresting cops, switchblade showdowns with ponytailed strangers, blindfolded band members and forensic investigations, leave a recluse suburban American neighbourhood in complete desolation.
Watch Kings Of Leon’s surreal and symbolic new video for “Waste a Moment” below.
The band also appeared on Later… with Jools Holland last week, debuting title track “Walls” and “Around The World”.
In a recent interview with NME, lead singer Caleb Followill iterates the positive effect Drav’s had during the creative process of Walls and how changing producers forced the band to experiment and challenge them artistically – unlike ‘Mechanical Bull’, where the band admit to remaining in their comfort zone musically while rekindling their relationships with each other. He explains: “We were definitely going for it and trying really hard, but we got into a comfort zone. We’ve tried to peel that away on this album, by not using the same producer and doing it in our studio. We were really challenging ourselves, doing things where we were scratching our heads going ‘Holy shit, is this right? Is this wrong?’”. Bassist Jared Followill also elaborates on his experience of working with the LA based producer, stating “He’s kind of like a drill sergeant”. “You’d write something and you’d change it and I mean it’s not easy to wipe away a part that you’ve written and then just have to start from scratch, and then have to do that again”.
The band also discussed their personal issues, admitting that they became “business partners” instead of family members during the pinnacle of their career. Jared Followill explains “We’d only see each other for the hour-and-a-half before a show. We went too far in the other direction. If you’re going to be friends and family, you can’t really be a band, or we can’t be this band”. Caleb briefly added “After a while, it’s not ‘I’m going to do an interview with my brother’, it’s ‘I’m going to do an interview with the drummer’. When you get together, it’s never ‘We are the band’. We lost that”.
Watch Kings Of Leon’s world exclusive Apple Music interview with Zane Lowe here:
Written and published by James Macdonald.