The family that makes up Kings Of Leon share a story that itself sounds like a country ballad: Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill grew up travelling on the church circuit, their father an itinerant Pentecostal preacher (obliquely referenced in their first single Holy Roller Novocaine). In 1997, the elder Followill quit the church and the boys resettled in Nashville, Tennessee, where, in 2000, they began to explore songwriting and playing. Cousin Matthew joined the band, and within just a year, the band had been signed by RCA Records. Their throwback southern boogie aura, tinged with garage and punk, proved a successful formula, and the band caught on, especially in the UK. Not content to stick with their signature sound, the band has gotten increasingly ambitious with each successive album, exploring textures and sophisticated themes.