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AUG 24 2012

Jared Followill & Nick Brown Unite As Smoke & Jackal

JARED FOLLOWILL AND NICK BROWN UNITE AS SMOKE & JACKAL; TEAM-UP REVEALED TODAY BY BBC'S ZANE LOWE;

FIRST SINGLE, "NO TELL," NAMED "HOTTEST RECORD IN THE WORLD," AVAILABLE VIA ALL DIGITAL PROVIDERS AUGUST 28;

"NO TELL" AVAILABLE FOR POSTING HERE

EP1 RELEASED ON OCTOBER 16



RCA Records has announced the upcoming release of EP1, the debut EP from Smoke & Jackal. The six-track collection arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on October 16.

EP1 marks the first collaboration between Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) and Nick Brown (Mona). Smoke & Jackal were revealed to the universe earlier today as BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe debuted the EP's electrifying first single, "No Tell," officially declaring it to be the "Hottest Record in the World." A companion video clip for "No Tell" is currently in post-production, with a premiere date to be announced soon. "No Tell," will be available via iTunes and all digital providers on August 28. Bloggers can post the song via this LINK.

Followill and Brown began recording as Smoke & Jackal earlier this year, fueled by multiple bottles of red wine and a shared fascination with timbre, rhythm, and aural adventure. They set to work at Brown's Nashville home studio and before the first evening was through, the duo had crafted both "No Tell" and the stunning psychedelic slow jam, "Fall Around." The two musicians immediately understood they had created something special, an evocative and original melding of oceanic rock with bottomless grooves and hypnotic dub textures. Just over one week later, EP1 was complete. Defined by Followill's liquid bass lines and Brown's soaring and expressive vocals, songs like "Road Side" and the closing "Safe Face" are both ingenious and accessible, their surprising soundscapes counterpointed by indelible melodies and haunting hooks. Smoke & Jackal's EP1 is the sound of two talented friends allowing their music to freely go places no one could have anticipated.

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

"Coming together just worked," says Followill. "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. It just worked."