Kings of Leon returning with new album 'When You See Yourself' in March

Dave Paulson, Nashville Tennessean
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It's been close to five years since we've heard a new batch of songs from Nashville's original homegrown rock stars, Kings of Leon.

The wait ends on March 5, when the band plans to release their eighth studio album, "When You See Yourself."

On Thursday, they shared the first two songs from the project — the gritty, up-tempo "The Bandit" and synth-spiked "100,000 People." Both tracks suggest a calming spin on the rough-and-tumble garage rock of the band's early days.

The quartet — comprised of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, along with cousin Matthew Followill — became the first Nashville-bred rock band to make it big on an international scale. They first captivated the U.K. with their 2003 debut, then became stars in the U.S. with their 2008 hit "Use Somebody."

This new album might have been waiting in the wings for awhile. At the start of 2020, the band was posting photos from the studio, with concerts and festival dates in Europe scheduled for the summer. Shortly after the pandemic transformed life in the U.S. in March, the band posted a live video of a new song, "Going Nowhere."

Their last album was 2016's "Walls."

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Kings of Leon's 'When You See Yourself' is first new album since 2016