Kings of Leon – direct from Memphis … I mean Nashville .. I mean Los Angeles … I mean London

I was pleased as punch to come home last night to find the new Kings of Leon album “Aha Shake Heartbreak” in my mailbox.

If you don”t know the Kings, they are a band of brothers (and a cousin) who grew up in and around Memphis and traveled the South with their dad (Leon), who happened to be a Pentecostal preacher. The boys backed the musical preacher before discovering girls and booze in their teens. Now they preach the gospel of throwback Southern rock/blues.

But here”s the thing: I didn”t buy the new CD at amazon.com. I bought it at HVM.co.uk.

See, despite the Kings being a fine example of old-school, longhaired, red-state American rock-n-roll, their new album hasn”t been released in the U.S.

Yep, a record made by Tennessee boys in L.A. can”t create sufficient buzz in America. The Kings apparently have a huge following in the UK, but the reception in the States is such that they”ve released their new disc overseas first (supposedly it”ll come out in the U.S. next February).

How freaking pathetic is that? America, you suck.

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