A band to die for
January 13, 2007
The Sunday Mail
THE name's Stoermer, Mark Stoermer, bass player for the world's most
popular non-British Britpop band, the Killers.
No, he says, the band have not been approached to do the theme song
for the next James Bond movie.
"We haven't really heard anything about it, to tell you the truth,"
Stoermer says of the rumour, hot around the traps in the wake of
Audioslave's Chris Cornell doing You Know My Name for current Bond
blockbuster Casino Royale.
"We've heard more from friends and reporters than we have from
anywhere else. If it is true, we would definitely consider it,
The Las Vegas band, who formed through an ad in the paper, have
taken the world by storm since they hit the charts in 2004 with
debut album Hot Fuss.
Key to the worldwide appeal of the Killers is the band members'
colourful and varied musical influences.
There's a touch of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Oasis, U2, Pink Floyd
and, of course, New Order, after whom the band got their name – it's
the name of a fictional band in one of the cult British act's music
"I love the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Who but in the last few
years, I've also really admired the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs,
Interpol and Razorlight," Stoermer says.
Band members Stoermer, Brandon Flowers (vocals/keyboards), David
Keuning (guitar) and Ronnie Vannucci (drums) would once again look
to their CD collections while writing their second album, also
drawing on songwriters Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty for
This saw the Killers move away from their trademark British sound
and towards a more American feel for Sam's Town, their latest
"Brandon does all of the writing and he was listening to a lot of
The Boss (Bruce Springsteen) in between records," Stoermer says.
"We don't feel comfortable criticising him about his writing because
no one has ever attempted it (writing). It's not that Brandon won't
give us a shot, it's just that we love the way he writes."
The band took the name Sam's Town from a casino in Las Vegas and
fittingly also recorded the album in a studio in a Vegas casino.
The record is receiving good radio play in Australia with singles
When You Were Young and the current chart hit Bones, for which
kooky, spooky director Tim Burton directed the music clip.
"We're fans of Tim's," Stoermer says.
"We were mixing the song and listening to it and Brandon said
because of the song's direction and the macabre lyrics it reminded
us of him and we thought it would be a perfect fit.
"So we approached his people with the idea and Tim said, 'Yes'. It's
the first music clip he's ever done, so we feel very privileged."
Another honour for the band, says Stoermer, is playing the Big Day
Out music festival in Australia and New Zealand this summer.
"We had a great experience in Australia when we were here in the
past," Stoermer says.
"The fans were just great and really got into our music. I think it
will certainly be one of the more 'funner' tours we'll do because it
is in Australia.
"And we've also got days off in between shows so it won't feel so
rushed and hectic."
The singles All These Things That I've Done, Mr Brightside, Somebody
Told Me and When You Were Young should generate a big crowd
Though the singles might be crowd-pleasers, it's Bling that Stoermer
"Bling, off Sam's Town, is a really great track and right now it's
the one that I look forward to performing," Stoermer says. "Sam's
Town is just a great album in general.
"Being able to make records that we're proud of, whether people like
them or not, is the main thing.
"On the other side of this, though, is when we play a show where we
feel we've had a good night, you feel this amazing connection with
your fans who are cheering you on."
The Killers play the Big Day Out at Gold Coast Parklands next