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Kings of Leon moves past DETROIT (Billboard) - Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill is confident that organizers of the upcoming Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco will keep stray pigeons as far away from the stage as possible. But, the drummer notes, "we're bringing a couple of muzzle loaders, just in case."

He's kidding, of course. But while answering questions about the infestation of defecating pigeons that forced the cancellation of the band's July 23 show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Mo., Followill told Billboard.com that the incident turned into a much bigger story than the band had anticipated.

"I think us trying to be the real-life Spinal Tap just got a little closer for us," Followill said during a conference call to promote the Outside Lands performance on August 15. "I think in the end, it's going to help us more than it hurt us. It's just one of those things that happened, and looking back on it now it's a lot funnier than it was at the time. But we really felt bad for the fans -- especially those that had driven a ways and stood out in the heat all day. But sometimes, y'know, s*** happens -- in this case literally.

"We're happy to move forward and we've been having great shows since," Followill added, "so hopefully Pigeon-gate can officially be put to rest."

The band has been playing four songs from its upcoming fifth album, which is still untitled and unscheduled, in its recent shows. Followill said the songs -- which have been identified as "Mary," "Immortals," "Radioactive" and "Southbound" -- are from sessions in New York City with producers Jacquire King and Angelo Petraglia, the same team that worked on Kings of Leon's Grammy Award-winning 2008 breakthrough, "Only by Night."

"They've been going over really well, a lot better than we thought they wood," he said. "Some of them are getting better reactions than the older songs, which is bittersweet but great to see that (fans) are digging the direction we're heading ... It'll be great when we can play the whole new record. It's taken a lot of self-discipline to get up there and not play eight or 10 of the new songs."

Followill added, "It's a great feeling to look down front every night, and there are kids singing every single world to songs that aren't even released yet, which just means they've watched them a gazillion times on YouTube. It makes you feel good that the fans are craving the new music that much."

Last Updated on Monday, 02 August 2010 09:02
 

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Trophy Wife is part of the emergent collective of musicians, artists and writers based in Oxford, England known as Blessing Force, whose acts - which include Jonquil, Neon Pulse, Pet Moon, Chad Valley, Fixers, Solid Gold Dragons, and Rhosyn - are following closely in the footsteps of local math rock band Foals. The band employs a system of electronic keyboards, drum patterns and plucked guitars, accompanied by delicate, softly sung vocals, to create an intelligent indie-electronica sound that is making welcome waves in the music world.

The line-up consists of Jody Prewett (vocals, guitar, and bass), Ben Rimmer (keyboards), and Kit Monteith (drums and percussion), who previously played together as a trio in a math rock band called Wait For Coniston. The band members also exercise control over all aspects of their artwork, photography, and videos.

"We are all descendants of Cornish sailors, and Jody has an encyclopedic knowledge of Welsh sporting statistics between the years 1991-1995," Trophy Wife told There Goes the Fear.

"We have been making music together for about 7 years in various different forms. Us meeting each other was a case of mistaken identity; Jody pretended to be a female drummer so he could get into Kit’s post-rock band," Trophy Wife revealed to There Goes the Fear. "We started recording dancey music late at night over a few drinks. Things grew and we set out to challenge ourselves and do something that was new to us."

Kit Monteith's drum kit is "the only one of its kind and Kit learned to play drums on it during his youth." Trophy Wife disclosed to TLOBF. "The drum set up... was built in the 1970's by a jazz musician."

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