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The Killers Test New Material, Reports of New Album This Fall

Previously posted on PopWreckoning.com on 7/30/2008:

Las Vegas quartet The Killers are my favorite band and while some roll eyes every time I say this, I think they have released some genius works.

Last night, July 29th, they played a special show for their fan club, The Victims, at the Highline Ballroom in New York. Now as you can imagine, this Popwrecker was especially jealous since she was stuck in the Midwest and forced to miss out on this extra special show.

Not only was this show special because of the exclusivity, but because it was the fans’ first opportunity to hear a taste of the new music the band has been working on. Tenative reports are that The Killers will release the follow up to Sam’s Town this November. Stuart Price, the man also know as Jacques Lu Cont and responsible for the brilliant “Mr. Brightside (Thin White Duke Remix),” is producing.

Although, I couldn’t be at the show, thanks to the wonders of YouTube, I was able to check out two new songs that the band tested out. I personally loved the story told in “Spaceman.”

Take a listen yourself and comment with what you think and if you like the direction the third album by the Killers seems to be heading:

“Spaceman”

“Neon Tiger”

Tour Dates:
July 31- MGM Grand at Foxwoods/ Mashantucket, Ct.
Aug 01 – Borgata Hotel Casino / Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 02 – Download Festival @ Susquehanna Bank Center / Camden, NJ
Aug 03 – Osheaga Festival / Montrea
Aug 09 – Roncalliplatz / Cologne
Aug 14 – Pukkelpop Festival / Hasselt
Aug 15 – Highfield Festival / Erfurt
Aug 16 – Frequency Festival/ Salzburg
Aug 17 – Sziget Festival / Budapest
Aug 21 – Marlay Park / Dublin
Aug 23 – Reading Festival / Reading
Aug 24 – Leeds Festival / Leeds

Band Info: website | myspace | The Victims fan club

Written by: Bethany

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The Killers – “Human”

I listen to a lot of music and so it is easy for me into a band one day and ready to toss their album out with the trash the next. However, there is one band I have been a consistently loyal listener to and that I will likely defend to my dying day. That band is the Killers.

It seems like fans of this band are usually very divided. There are the hardcore fans of Hot Fuss, which featured synth heavy tracks and ambiguous Morrissey-like lyrics for all those nostalgic fans of the 80s. Then there was anthemic Sam’s Town that played like a Bruce Springsteen album.

I loved both and thought they both highlighted different strengths of the band. As the bass player once pointed out, Hot Fuss was the glitz and glamour that one might see on a first time visit to Vegas. At times, you get so caught up in the lights, you miss the grit and dark undercurrents. Sam’s Town looked at the people and told their individual stories. It wasn’t as glammed up as the debut album, but the wholesomeness was more true to the people who had stories to share.

Often overlooked is the band’s b-side album, which features a Stuart Priceremix of their radio hit “Mr. Brightside.” I feel any band who can release something where even the afterthought songs are good is band worth taking note of, ergo, my continued love.

Stuart Price or the Thin White Duke is currently producing the band’s third studio album Day & Age, which is expected to hit stores November 25. That’s pretty far away for a fan as impatient as I am, so fortunately, I got to hear the first single “Human” this week.

“Human” has me falling off my chair excited for this new album. It is apparent that Stuart Price was involved because “Human” has some similar elements as his “Mr. Brightside” remix. In fact, the song almost already sounds like a remix.

Another expected Day & Age song “Neon Tiger”:

At first listen, I was disappointed because as much as I love the dance sound of the Killers, I also think they have some of the best musicians you’ll find in modern rock, especially if you listen to drummer Ronnie Vannucci. However, when programmed beats are used as they are on “Human,” it can be hard to pick out the real drummer.

Some might argue this takes away from the soul of a song and I usually am inclined to agree, but in this case, I think it instead allows singer Brandon Flowers to stand out on his own. With each album this guy has been improving. His vocals made me cry on the acoustic version of “Sam’s Town.” Now while I’m not in tears from “Human,” I’m still very impressed by Flowers’ passion.

I knew this song was brilliant when I heard, “Close your eyes. Clear your heart. Cut the cord,” which is not only beautiful and alliterative, but “cord” can also be heard as “chord.” Brilliant! 

So, while I don’t know if “are we human or are we dancers,” I do know this song is great and I can only imagine how much bigger and more evolved this album will be from their previous releases.

Huzza for new Killers!

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