Killers Debut Sam's Town in New York
The Killers unveiled
their sophomore Island Def Jam album, "Sam's Town," at a media
gathering last night (July 24) in New York that drew label chairman
Antonio "L.A." Reid and Def Jam head honcho Jay-Z. As previously
reported, the follow-up to 2004's "Hot Fuss" will arrive Oct. 3; the
single "When You Were Young" is at radio now.
The set doesn't stray far from the sound introduced on "Hot Fuss,"
with its throbbing bass lines, jagged guitar lines, vintage synth
flourishes and singer Brandon Flowers' theatrical phrasing. Two
potential singles, "For Reasons Unknown" and "Read My Mind," are
close relatives to the propulsive pop of the band's breakthrough
single, "Mr. Brightside."
Elsewhere, "Uncle Jonny" experiments with the dark, midtempo rock
perfected by the Verve, while the influence of David Bowie and early
Peter Gabriel hover above the dramatic "My List" and "Why Do I Keep
Counting?" Two short piano-driven pieces, "Enterlude" and "Exitlude,"
find Flowers asking after the well-being of the listener: "Outside
the sun is shining / seems like heaven ain't far away / It's good to
have you with us / even if it's just for the day."
Material for "Sam's Town" was initially worked up during soundchecks,
guitarist Dave Keuning told Billboard.com afterward. "We used to
play about an hour extra in soundcheck and throw around ideas," he
said. "Five or six songs made it out of that but another 10 or 12
were thrown away."
Keuning admitted there are "at least four great B-sides," including
some tracks he "really wanted to make the album. They'll wind up on
places like iTunes," he said.
The Killers will tour Europe in October and begin a North American
jaunt in November.
For the first time, the band will be augmented by an extra musician
on stage, the Las Vegas-based multi-instrumentalist Ted Sablay. "He
will be for us like Pat Smear was for Nirvana -- he'll play keys,
guitar and sing a little bit. It will help us match the live
versions a little closer to the album."