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Drums Frontman Advises Kings of Leon to ‘Split Up and Stop Making Music’

Jonathan Pierce of The Drums and Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon
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Jonathan Pierce, frontman for Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit the Drums, recently expressed his thoughts on Kings of Leon, and he didn’t have many nice things to say about the Followill family band. While speaking to NME, Pierce said, “I would advise them to split up and stop making music.”

Although Pierce’s initial comment may sound harsh, he actually got to know the foursome while touring with them, so his thoughts aren’t coming out of left field. “I don’t think they’re really helping anybody — they’ve never made a song that’s really touched me in any way. I honestly think that the new Britney Spears record is better than their songs — it sounds like a really great pop song and that’s what I really like,” Pierce continued.

Pierce also spoke to, and the singer panned the group’s hit single ‘Sex On Fire.’ “They’re very American bar rock and it’s not interesting, it doesn’t affect me at all. That ‘Sex On Fire’ song is one of the worst songs I’ve heard in my life,” he said.

While out on tour with Kings of Leon, KOL bassist Jared Followill actually confided in Pierce. Pierce’s impression of Jared left him feeling as if the bass player wasn’t satisfied with the music KOL has been producing. “I do have to say that Jared was a very kind man and he’s smarter than he’s letting on. I don’t think he really enjoys the music that Kings Of Leon are putting out,” Pierce said.

“I’ve had long conversations with him and he’s very open to me. He has really great taste in music and likes really great bands – I think he looks at Kings of Leon and it’s just a job that he has,” the Drums frontman continued. “I think that’s a really sad place to be – going through the motions. To misrepresent yourself in a creative atmosphere seems a little dark to me.”

Pierce’s statements come just a few weeks after Kings of Leon canceled their North American tour dates due to singer Caleb Followill suffering from exhaustion. In the past, fellow brother band Hanson have also said that Kings of Leon are “running some risks … They’re irritating people and you can’t do that too much.”

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