Killers Corralling Rarities For B-Sides Album

Billboard

August 23, 2007, 11:15 AM ET
John Benson, Cleveland

 

A wealth of material that stateside fans most likely haven't heard will comprise the Killers' next release before the end of the year, according to frontman Brandon Flowers.

"In England we have a lot of B-sides that people in America would never know about because we don't have singles here," Flowers tells Billboard.com. "So we have about 15 of these songs that people have never heard, and we wanted to stick them on something for people to get to have them all together."

The tentative song list includes "All the Pretty Faces" ("When You Were Young" B-side), movie soundtrack tunes "Shadowplay" (a Joy Division cover from Anton Corbijn's Ian Curtis biopic "Control") and "Move Away" ("Spider-man 3"), as well as a cover of Mel Tillis' "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town." Flowers also hasn't ruled out putting a new track or two on the album, which he hopes to have out by the holiday season.

"We're also going to do another Christmas single for the Red Campaign as well," Flowers says. "That's exiting. We've written 'Don't Shoot Me Santa,' which will hopefully be available on Dec. 1. Last year we were able to raise over $100,000 from the one song ('A Great Big Sled'), and hopefully we'll be able to do it again."

Still on the road supporting its sophomore effort "Sam's Town," the Killers are touring the states again because "We feel like we didn't do enough touring in America on this album," Flowers says. The outfit, which begins its next leg Sept. 4 at Red Rocks outside Denver, plans on hitting Australia and South America before it ends its touring cycle in November.

But Already there are new ideas floating around at soundchecks and in computers for the group's next studio effort, which is tentatively scheduled for a fall 2008 release. Upon mentioning the appeal of the '80s dance-inspired "Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix" version of "Mr. Brightside," Flowers hinted the band could be returning to that sound. "That's something we really love," Flowers says, "and that possibly could be a third album idea."

 

Another article about it from NME.com (Thanks Jess!)

The Killers to release new records this year

Brandon Flowers says B-sides collection and Xmas single are on the way

The Killers are releasing a new album this year frontman Brandon Flowers has told NME.COM.

Despite having said goodbye to the UK with headlining shows at the V Festival last weekend (August 19,19) with plans to finishing touring and begin work on their third album, frontman Flowers told us backstage at the festival that his band plan to squeeze in one more record this year.

"We're going to release a b-sides album in November, that's a new thing to talk about," he explained. "There are some good songs that we've released and so it will be good to have the out there for people."

The singer wasn't sure of the exact tracklisting for the album yet, but the band have build up a host of extra songs during their two albums with the likes of 'Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town' which backed 'Andy You're A Star' and 'All These Things That I've Done' b-side 'Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself' are in consideration for the record.

Flowers confirmed that the album will include some of the remixes that the band have had done of their songs, but joked "only the good ones".

The singer confirmed that the album will include some of the remixes that the band have had done of their songs, but joked "only the good ones", singling out the Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix of 'Mr Brightside' in particular for its influence on the band's songwriting.

"We actually started changing things around [when recording 'Sam's Town'] because of a remix of 'Mr Brightside' done by the Thin White Duke. We never thought to do this, which is ridiculous but now we're learning, but he took off all the chords, changed them and just kept my vocal melody going through the song," explained Flowers. "It gave you a whole new emotion to 'Mr Bightside' and it was beautiful. That made us look at the way we write things differently."

Although the band are only two albums in, The Killers frontman said he didn't think a b-sides release was too soon.

"We've just got a lot of good songs, so we're just slowly going to grind everyone down until they admit we can do pop better than anyone else," said the singer, he added that the collection is also likely to feature new material for the band. "I think we're going to do some new songs to go on there."

Flowers added that the band had already recorded another Christmas single for AIDs charity RED following last year's 'A Great Big Sled'.

"It's called 'Don't Shoot Me Santa'," explained Flowers. "I really liked doing one last year, so we've done another. Maybe we could done one every year and in ten year's time we'll have an album of them."

 

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