The Day & Age of The Killers

Inspiration has never eluded The Killers, and itÆs a damn good thing it hasnÆt, because the Las Vegas bandÆs newest record, their third studio album, Day & Age, is full of their finest songs to date. "I think about moments when we were coming up with When You Were Young, or, in this case, Spaceman," Brandon Flowers says. "If we'd decided at that moment, 'Let's go to the park,' they might not have happened. It's scary. It almost makes me not want to stop because I could be missing out on these wonderful songs. They're out there for the takingùyou've just got to grab them."

Together with bassist Mark Stoermer, guitarist Dave Keuning, and drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Flowers helped to mold the album into ten songs that work best together as a whole, each individually describing an evolution of the band's sound. "We're always pushing ourselves," says Stoermer, "and there's a lot of diversity hereùfrom anthemic rock to dance songs." Flowers adds: "We felt like Sam's Town was a continuation of Hot Fuss, and we feel like this is a continuation of Sam's Town. But at the same time, Day and Age is totally different from both of them, while still sounding like us. It's kind of looking at Sam's Town from Mars."

Those familiar with the band's oeuvre will recognize their signature in the synth-heavy frist single, Human, four minutes of sweeping, epic rock, on which Flowers sings: "My sign is vital/ My hands are cold/ And I'm on knees, looking for the answer/ Are we human, or are we dancer?" He says the lyrics were inspired by a disparaging comment made by Hunter S. Thompson about how America was raising a generation of dancers. But the song also had some help from album producer Stuart Price (aka Jacques Lu Cont), known for his work with Madonna and Missy Elliot, and who'd previously remixed "Mr. Brightside.ö "He was the icing on the cake,ö says Stoermer.

This comfort in their work together is apparent on Day & Age. The album sees The Killers experimenting with different instruments: I Can't Stay has a tropical soundùthank the saxophone and steel drumsùand, as the singer says, "could be the most perfect pop song we've ever written. Losing Touch, meanwhile, is a gorgeous uptempo track with bright horns and grim lyrics ("impending doom, it must be true/ I'm losing touch") that lend it an ominous vibe. Spaceman, an unabashedly arena-sized glam-rock number whose associative lyrics reference, among other themes, alien abduction. ("We've been playing it between Read My Mind and Mr. Brightside, and it feels like it's been there forever," Flowers says.) More than anything, The Killers are excited for their fans to hear what theyÆve been creating, though, says Stoermer, ôWe're always a little nervous about whether people are going to like it."

"We got thrown up to the position very quickly that we're in now ùthe test is to retain it," says Flowers. "I want us to be a positive force. People think that we're overconfident and cocky, but it comes from excitement. It's not 'I'm better than you,' it's that I can't wait till you hear this song because I know what it does to me physically. I'm able to listen to our songs and not think 'this is us playing,' I'm able to allow the music to affect me and I know if it's good or not. Sometimes people think I'm running my mouth, when I'm truly excited."

The unique mosaic motif that was used to make the cover of the new album of The Killers, Day & Age is the perfect combination to represent the kind of evolution that the band has gone through from Mr. Brightside to Human. Start counting the number of circles that were used to make the cover now and start guessing to get a better chance in acquiring Limited Edition The Killers Day & Age merchandise!

The newest album of The Killers, Day & Age is available in Astrovision, Odyssey, Music One and Fully Booked stores in Standard CD and Special Philippines Edition.

- December 2008