|May 2005: Kings of Leon's second record, "Aha Shake Heartbreak", finds the band – brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, and first cousin Matthew Followill – delving deeper than ever into their rich musical rapport and shared personal history to deliver a dozen doses of raw, personally-charged rock. We recently caught up with Caleb Followill between gigs to find out what's going on with the group.
GC: Can you give us a quick rundown of what you've been up to for the last six months? Do you have anything new coming out? Any tours planned?
Caleb Followill: We have been on the road opening for U2 for a little more than a month now and have about a month left. Then, we are going to play Bonnaroo, and we leave from there to the UK for our own shows. Then, we are coming back to the States for a tour with Secret Machines.
GC: Youth & Young Manhood, your first album, came out 2 years ago. Can you describe any changes in your musical style, musical influences or your writing and recording processes?
Caleb Followill: We had more of an open mind (when making Aha Shake Heartbreak) and learned not to second guess what we like.
GC: Do you attribute these changes to the ever-changing music industry and consumer tastes, or more to your band's personal and professional growth?
||Caleb Followill: No, we don't pay attention to anything but what we like. We like what we like and that's the only satisfaction we get. We love going out and meeting people and playing our music for them and what we do is only about our band.
GC: If you could give 5 quick tips to an artist or band just starting out to help them get where you are now, what would they be?
Caleb Followill: It is a cliche but the only tip really is to always think you are never as good as you could be and to always think what you have done is s**t.
GC: What one piece of gear is the most instrumental to what you do day-in and day-out?
Caleb Followill: A guitar. Mine is a Gibson 325 and is either a 1971 or 1972.
GC: On which song could we hear you playing this guitar?
Caleb Followill: Most of them. There are only a few moments that I'm playing anything else (on Aha Shake Heartbreak).
GC: Give us a tip or trick to playing this guitar, in order to produce your unique sound.
Caleb Followill: Rip the s**t out of a bar chord.
GC: What piece of gear is currently on your wish list?
Caleb Followill: A small acoustic. One that is older and has character. Something I can play on the bus or hotel room.
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