I think it's probably fair to say that over the past year or so we've given Kings of Leon more than their fair share of grief on this blog. That's not to say I have a bone to pick with the band--far from it. (I did run a preview of their last Nashville show in the music section of the paper, after all.) But we do poke fun at them, and that has not gone unnoticed!
In light of a recent stint opening for KoL in Europe, The Ettes' singer/guitarist Coco sent along a missive chiding us for our attitude (full text after the jump). "The fact is, they're really nice guys," she writes via email, "and on top of that, they're talented and work really hard." Furthermore, Coco adds, "maybe instead of attacking them all the time, you should have a bit of 'I'm OK, you're OK" with the Kings of Leon." After all, she writes, "I don't want to think that Caleb or any of the other King boys is the next Scott Stapp." Well, I can't speak for Gold, Rodgers et. al., but that makes at least two of us, Coco.
Dear Nashville Scene,
It is complicated, to navigate one's feelings about the Kings of Leon. On the one hand, they take those offensive press shots in those confusing outfits, and create inexplicably massive hits out of lady holes and sexes on fire. But on the other hand, they're really charming; every article I've read finds them self-deprecating and bemused at their own image and success. The fact is, they're really nice guys, and on top of that, they're talented and work really hard. And I really like their first two albums.
Before you think I'm kissing ass, it is worth mentioning that while I would happily ride their coattails into the land of financial success, I don't think getting into a physical altercation with their manager and tour manager on the first night of tour does much to, you know, merit another invitation. So.
The point is, they are rock stars and they are easy targets, but I wonder if we're all pushing too hard on them. Not that they're not asking for it sometimes. But I don't want to think that Caleb or any of the other King boys is the next Scott Stapp. I mean, there still IS a Scott Stapp. My friend Walter was at a Denny's in Gainesville and Scott Stapp was totally there, like, hitting on the girls (this is Denny's, in Gainesville, at like 4 a.m., prime pickin's for sure) and asking for cocaine. And then he followed them home and that is another story for another time.
Like I said, I myself don't understand my own feelings, but maybe instead of attacking them all the time, you should have a bit of "I'm okay, you're okay" with the Kings of Leon. At least they're Southern and weird and not silver spoon trust fund kids, and the more successful bands I meet, the more that means to me. Otherwise, they'll get fed up with Nashville and run off to LA, where everyone will be nice to them all the time, and they will become at least a Maroon 5, if not a Creed. And that wouldn't help anybody, now would it?