In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the drummer said, “We'd go in every day and play stuff we were into, and it was interesting hearing what people were into. There are a couple songs that could be considered country ballads, even though they're not country songs. One song has more of a Queens of the Stone Age feel. Another one sounds more like Sly and The Family Stone. It's all across the board.”
Followill went on to address the strife the band experienced in 2011, when the Followill clan temporarily went their separate ways.
Asked if he ever felt the split might become permanent, he said, “No. People ask us that, and if you ask any one of us, we'd say, ‘No Way’. Being a family band, we were bound to have that awkward first time hangout at a show or at Christmas or Thanksgiving. There's no avoiding it. If the band even stopped, we're still a family and would see each other. So that wasn't a thought in any of our minds. We all knew we needed a break, but we knew it wasn't over."
Mechanical Bull will be released September 24.