The Killers

Listen to the Killers talk about “Rut” on “Song Exploder”

Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci from the Killers are the guests on the latest “Song Exploder,” the podcast dedicated to having musicians dissect their music and creative process. During this episode, they talk about the song “Rut” from the band’s newest album Wonderful Wonderful. They talk about how Flowers’ wife’s childhood trauma influenced the songwriting, and trying to figure out the rhythms for the song. Listen to the full episode here

Watch the Killers cover Muse, Smashing Pumpkins at Lollapalooza

The Killers headlined Lollapalooza last night, where they performed a set that had a pair of covers: Muse’s “Starlight,” and the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm.” Watch both of the performances below (via CoS). Muse headlined the first night of the festival but their performance was canceled shortly into their set due to inclement weather.

The Killers announce Sam’s Town reissue, 10th anniversary party

The Killers have announced a 10-year anniversary reissue for their second album Sam’s Town. Due out this autumn via Bong Load Records, the double LP vinyl will include two bonus tracks: “Peace of Mind” and a “Pet Shop Boys Stars Are Blazing Mix” from the original album’s “Read My Mind.” The reissue vinyl is only set for 5,016 copies; it will include a booklet about the record’s 10th anniversary.

As a part of the reissue, the Killers have announced a pair of shows on September 30th and October 1st as well at Las Vegas’ Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall (the album’s namesake). As well as the band’s performances, there will be “an expert-led tour of the Killers’ Las Vegas,” according to a press release; it is going to include a stop at the band’s Battle Born Studios. All of the proceeds from the events will go to support local Las Vegas homeless and addiction recovery charities. See the Killers’ upcoming tour dates below.

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08-31 Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
09-17 Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown
09-30 Las Vegas, NV – Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
10-01 Las Vegas, NV – Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall

The Killers prepare for 2015 Christmas single “Dirt Sledding”

For the past nine years, the Killers have released a Christmas single every year, with no exception to this year. The band’s preparing for a new one called “Dirt Sledding,” as mentioned in the Las Vegas Weekly profile of the band’s former tour manager and current Killers music video Santa Ryan Pardey:

A deranged Santa walks up to the camera in the middle of the desert, pulls a tomahawk out of his bag and lights it on fire. The crazed man in red throws the ax at his target, a stuffed teddy bear with a picture of Killers frontman Brandon Flowers taped to its head. It’s a bull’s-eye.

That’s the opening scene of “Dirt Sledding,” The Killers’ upcoming Christmas music video and annual charitable contribution to the (RED) Campaign.

Pardey’s appeared as a character in two of their singles already — 2007’s “Don’t Shoot Me Santa” and 2012’s “I Feel It In My Bones” — and he will return to his role in their upcoming video for the track, which the band is set to debut onJimmy Kimmel’s (RED) World AIDS Day show next Tuesday night, December 1st.

The band and associates have been hinting at the video, which was directed Matthew Gray Gubler, for the past month.

Brandon Flowers on Kanye West: “Everyone’s afraid to say anything contrary to him being a genius”

Brandon Flowers has been known and admits for putting his foot in his mouth a few times, including when he called The 2006 The Killers album, Sam’s Town “one of the best albums in the past 20 years,” even thought it ended up being a disappointment critically. However, he is not backing away from all of his claims, including when it comes to Kanye West being overrated.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Flowers was asked about a quote from 2006 where he said West “makes me ill.” Now, Flowers still stands by his response:

“Yeah, that one’s tough. Everyone’s afraid to say anything contrary to him being a genius. It’s crazy, man! And it’s frustrating. I’m not going to tear him down, but I will say I find that to be frustrating. [Laughs] That’s my stance on it. A lot of people might agree with me now. I may have been a little bit ahead of my time. But I think he wants to be good. I think he wants to be great, and that’s something that we all want to strive for. We’ve just got different roads of getting there, I guess.”

Flowers also said in the same interview that even though he still thinks his upcoming album The Desired Effect is going to be “strong,” he could’ve been too confident when he said every song could have been a single. He said also that The Killers “need a little bit of a kick in the pants” in order for them to put the energy into making a new album, but they are on their way towards it.

Brandon Flowers has announced sophomore solo album, The Desired Effect

 Brandon Flowers, lead singer from The Killers, has announced is second solo album, The Desired Effect. This album is his follow-up to his 2010 Flamingo and is set to be released on May 18th. The album was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid who has also worked with bands such as Vampire Weekend, HAIM, and Charli XCX.

Flowers revealed the news through a handwritten note that he posted on his website which says “Ariel and I have been collaborating in the studio, working twogether [sic] in the spirit of conversation, contention, and at long last, sweet contrition. No one has yet seen or heard the change. But soon, we all will.”

Flowers also said in a previous album that unlike Flamingo, the tracks on this album will be only partially inspired by Las Vegas, his hometown. He said, “People are going to interpret it how they will, but there’s only a little bit of Vegas in there.” He claimed that Rechtshaid was “incredible” influence while he was recording and would push him outside of his comfort zone. 

Read the note above and watch the album teaser video here.

Firefly Music Festival announce line-up

The Firefly Music Festival, which takes place between June 18 to 21 in Dover, Delaware has released its 2015 lineup. At the beginning of the least there is Kings of Leon, the Killers, and an act that is yet to be announced, with rumors pointing it towards Paul McCartney. Also on the list are Modest Mouse, Spoon, Morrissey, Cage the Elephant, Gary Clark Jr., Run the Jewels, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Empire of the Sun, Hozier, Bastille, Zedd, Matt & Kim, Tove Lo, the Kooks, How to Dress Well, Sylvan Esso, Betty Who, Clean Bandit, and many more. Tickets from the pre-sale have been sold out but general admission and VIP passes are still available on the festival’s website. The entire lineup can be seen above.