Formed in Nashville, Tennessee in the first year of the 21st century, Kings of Leon started life as a backing band in churches for the Rev. Followill, father to brothers Caleb, Jared and Nathan, founder band members together with cousin Matthew. The travelling roadshow moved from one trailer park to the next before deciding to go it alone with the release of the Southern Fried debut EP ‘Holy Roller Novocaine in early 2003.
This was closely followed by a break into the charts a few months later with ‘What I saw’ and ‘Youth & young manhood’ which made it into the UK top 5. Being picked up by the NME gave them the type they needed though, and the excellent single ‘Molly Chambers’ (also from the ‘Holy Roller’ EP) shot into the UK charts in its own right, sealing the band’s future success.