Paul Byrne

Digital Film Colorist

Smoke & Jackal – No Tell

Smoke & Jackal

Paul Byrne | Digital Film Colorist

Smoke & Jackal – No Tell. Followill and Brown first recorded as a duo at Brown’s home in Nashville, Tennessee, completing the material for their first release within a week. The group’s first single, “No Tell”, was uploaded to the band’s Soundcloud page on August 21, 2012, and was released digitally on August 28, 2012.

Their debut EP, EP1, was released on October 16, 2012. Smoke & Jackal is a rock supergroup composed of Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill and Mona singer and guitarist Nick Brown. On June 22, 2012, Brown posted a photo of Followill and himself on Instagram and Tumblr with the caption, “Smoke & Jackal”, hinting at a collaboration between the two.

In a press statement, Followill said of recording the debut EP, “Coming together just worked. I think it’s because we took such an easy approach to it, we didn’t bring any egos to it. We just talked about each other’s ideas, neither one of us got our feelings hurt. It just worked.”

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The band’s early music was a blend of Southern rock and blues influences, but it has gradually expanded throughout the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternativearena rock sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with nine Top 40 singles, two BRIT Awards in 2008, and all three of the band’s albums at the time peaked in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their third album, Because of the Times, also reached the number one spot.

After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 the band achieved chart success in the United States. The singles “Sex on Fire“, “Use Somebody“, and “Notion” all peaked at number one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album was their first Platinum-selling album in the United States and was also the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified platinum nine times. The band’s fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010.

Their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, was released on September 24, 2013. The seventh studio album, WALLS, was released on October 14, 2016. The group has 12 Grammy Award nominations, including 4 wins. Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in NashvilleTennessee, in 1999.

The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill (b. January 14, 1982, lead vocalsrhythm guitar), Nathan Followill (b. June 26, 1979, drumspercussionbacking vocals) and Jared Followill (b. November 20, 1986, bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Matthew Followill (b. September 10, 1984, lead guitar, backing vocals).

The band’s third album was titled Because of the Times and was released on April 2, 2007, in the UK, and a day later in the United States. The album release was preceded by the single “On Call“, which became a hit in the UK and Ireland. The album debuted at number one in the UK and Ireland and entered the European charts at number 25, selling approximately 70,000 copies in its first week of release. Although it was lauded by some critics, others found the album inferior to their previous efforts.

Kings of Leon in 2008

In 2008, Kings of Leon released its fourth studio album, Only by the Night, produced by Jacquire King and Angelo Petraglia on September 19, which subsequently entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and remained there for one more week. Only by the Night also had two single-week stints as the UK number one album in 2009, one directly after the BRIT Awards. In the United States, the album reached number four on the Billboard 200. Reception to the album was the most polarized yet, with the British press granting the album glowing reviews, while in the United States, reactions to the album were more mixed. 

The album was officially named as the UK’s third-biggest-selling album of 2008 and the biggest-selling album of 2008 in Australia. “Sex on Fire” was the first single released for download in the UK on September 8. The song became the band’s most successful as it peaked at number one. In the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. They won Best International Band and Best International Album at the Brit Awards in 2009, where they also performed “Use Somebody”lives. Kings of Leon also performed on March 14, 2009, at Sound Relief, a benefit concert, for the Victorian Bushfire Crisis.

 The song “Crawl” from this album was released as a free download on the band’s website on July 28. The third and fourth singles were “Revelry”. Which peaked at number 19 in New Zealand, and “Notion”, which peaked at number 24 in Belgium. Only by the Night was certified Platinum in the United States by the RIAA for selling one million copies in less than a year after its release. 

In 2008, Kings of Leon headlined the Glastonbury Music Festival, and in 2009, the band headlined a number of music festivals, including Reading & LeedsRock WerchterOxegenT in the ParkGurtenfestival and Open’er Festival in Poland, Europe, along with SasquatchLollapaloozaand Austin City Limits in the United States.

The band released its first DVD, Live at the O2 London, England, on November 10, 2009. It was later released on Blu-ray Disc on November 24, 2009. The footage was filmed in London’s O2 Arena on June 30, 2009, when the band performed a 22-song set in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 18,000 fans.

In an interview with Billboard.com, drummer Nathan stated, “England is really the first place we broke (…) We figured what better place to make a live DVD than where the fans have been the craziest for the longest.” The show featured songs from all four of the band’s albums, and Nathan continued by saying, “We just put the cameras in the back of our minds and acted like they weren’t even there.”

In 2009 Kings of Leon founded Serpents and Snakes Records, a record label including such bands as the FeaturesSnowdenTurbo Fruits, and the Weeks.

On January 31, 2010, Kings of Leon took home the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song for “Use Somebody” at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

 

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