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....KINGS OF LEON What a great fresh sound, the Kings of Leon hail from Tennessee and consist of three brothers -- Caleb (lead singer, rhythm guitar), Nathan (drums), and Jared (bass) Followill -- plus Matthew Followill (lead guitar), their first cousin. The band's primary influence is their unusual past, as the boys grew up traveling the country with their father who was a United Pentecostal evangelist. Their first introduction to music was the church, where Nathan first began playing the drums. Over the years, the guys would play at services. When their father left the church, Nathan and his brothers began to explore music in a more independent manner. A few years after completing high school in Mumford, TN, Kings of Leon (so-called because "Leon" is the name of both the Followills' father and grandfather) moved to Nashville, began writing songs and scored a record deal with RCA one year later. As the music on their Kings of Leon debut EP for RCA Records shows, their songs teem with primal emotions and rangy rhythms, revealing that Kings of Leon are, in general, a hauntingly unusual, yet classic band. Holy Roller Novocaine doesn't have one song on the entirety of the E.P. that fails to make you tap your foot or shake your head. It starts out sounding like a really great album from the 60's minus the record pops with the badass tune "Molly's Chambers." The song is 2 minutes and 17 seconds of pure southern-fried rock n' roll, and is by far my favorite on the record. They throw a pleasant curve with the third track, the obvious Mamas and the Papas referenced "California Waiting," proving not only that they can rock hard but that they also aren't afraid to show a softer side. The brilliant title track is the perfect closer for this album, not being too fast or too slow, but just at a steady pace. The song is about a corrupt preacher who likes to use his authority as a means to take advantage of little girls; subject matter that surprisingly no band yet has delved into, in lieu of semi-recent events. The album lags slightly in the middle, but for the most part this is a superb recording and gets back some of the glory of what rock n' roll once was. Kings of Leon have shown that they can really rock the shack. Their blend of southern rock and true garage sensibilities had me hooked from the start of this record to the very end, and if this E.P. is any indication of things to come, then I look forward to a full-length from this group very soon. As this album has proved, Kings of Leon either have the potential to be the next big thing or rock's best kept secret
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...... By Randy Cohen

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Caleb Followill (lead singer, rhythm guitar) Nathan Followill (drums) Jared Followill (bass) Matthew Followill (lead guitar)

  Holy Roller Novocaine