The Killers Recording “Heavier” Music, Including a Song About Mike Tyson
Posted: 1:15 pm Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
By Kyle Taylor
We knew The Killers have been working on their fifth studio album since September, but the Las Vegas based alt rockers just opened up to Q Magazine about what to expect from that new record, and they even shared some interesting song titles.
The band’s 2004 release Hot Fuss is arguably their best album to date, and if you were to argue that then you would probably come back at me with Sam’s Town, released in 2006. Over a decade later, two more less than stellar albums in the books, and a mid 30’s Brandon Flowers, one would have to expect a different tone on from the guys, or rather men. Flowers explained that they are “old men” now with far more experience going into their recording sessions than ever before.
“There are moments that feel heavier than anything we’ve ever done, not that we’re the heaviest band in the world, but they have a finesse because of our experience,” said Flowers. “There’s also really beautiful things. Lyrically, it’s really close to home.”
Aside from the overall heavier tone, we don’t know much else about the album. Flowers did go on to share some possible song titles, including one called “Tyson vs. Douglas”, named after the famed 1990 fight. In his own words… “I don’t know why but I think about it all the time and I finally tried to tackle it in a song, what it meant to have this hero of mine get torn down, and then everything that happened after that.”
They also could be recycling some older work that never made it on an album, such as “Run For Cover”. The song was recorded for the 2008 release of Day & Age, but ultimately didn’t make the cut. Flowers explained that the lyrics were never “right”, but that they’d give it another shot 8 years later with a different producer. And not just any producer, but Grammy winner and super producer Jacknife Lee, who has worked with the likes of U2, Taylor Swift, and R.E.M. His work on U2’s “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” nabbed him two Grammys in 2006.
The Killers had one of the biggest years in music last year, despite not releasing anything new. They celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Sam’s Town in the most appropriate way ever…. hosting a party at Sam’s Town casino in Las Vegas, and re-released the highly anticipated album on vinyl. They headlined several major festivals including Governors Ball and Music Midtown.
There are only a couple of European appearances on The Killer’s schedule thus far, so hopefully we get some more added as well as some new music. 2017 already looks like a great year for music, and The Killers would only add to that.