Kings of Leon side project revealed (+audio)

Kings of Leon bass player Jared Followill performs at the Big Day Out in 2006. Photo / Richard Robinson
Kings of Leon bass player Jared Followill performs at the Big Day Out in 2006. Photo / Richard Robinson

Kings Of Leon rocker Jared Followill has unveiled the debut single from his new side project.

The bassist formed Smoke & Jackal with his pal Nick Brown over the northern winter and he's now released their first track online.

Alerting fans to the news in a post on Twitter, he wrote: "Here is Smoke & Jackal's first single 'No Tell'! Enjoy!"

The pair started coming up with song ideas over bottles of red wine and decided to hit the studio together at Brown's Nashville, Tennessee home.

Mona rocker Brown said: "It was all about tone and vibe and what felt right in that moment. Not second guessing, just having fun in that moment."

And Followill admitted the making of their upcoming EP worked because they were both open to new ideas.

"Coming together just worked. I think it's because we took such an easy approach to it, we didn't bring any egos to it.

"We just talked about each other's ideas. Neither one of us got our feelings hurt."

Kings of Leon have been on a hiatus since wrapping up their Australian tour last November and the Sex on Fire hitmakers have been keeping busy focusing on their personal lives.

But Jared told BBC Radio 1 that they were due to regroup to record their sixth album soon, NME.com reported.

"We've been meeting with producers every day so we're starting to get the ball rolling on album six," he said.

"I don't know what I can say, but we're definitely planning on starting the record some point in the near future."

Caleb Followill and his model wife Lily Aldridge recently became first-time parents; drummer Nathan announced in June that he and his singer spouse Jessie Baylin were expecting a baby, and Jared became engaged to his model girlfriend Martha Patterson earlier this year.

Listen to Smoke & Jackal's Tell Me:

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