Dude rock outfit Kings of Leon has a new record out. Taylor Swift is rather fond of it and she seems to know a thing our two about songcraft, so you could certainly do worse for a recommendation. Thanks to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, the Followills have since paid tribute to a top lieutenant in Taylor’s squad.
As is customary with Live Lounge appearances, Kings of Leon knocked out a cover while showcasing their tunes. The result? Selena Gomez’s marvelous “Hands to Myself” was interpreted in a KOL fashion. Frontman Caleb Followill’s familiar vocal stylings help nudge the song into something more akin to a simmering lighters up rock offering and the overall package serves as a welcome companion to the original. (Even if drummer Nathan Followill looks bored to tears for the first chunk of the performance.) While their new album has staged a comeback of sorts for the band, this cover is pretty much the best song they’ve done this year — they nailed it.
You can listen to the cover up above, but, of course, it wasn’t the only number pulled out of the band’s bag of tricks. Walls cuts “Over” and “Waste A Moment” get their time in the sun, same with their arena-sized hit “Use Somebody.”