The Return of The Killers

Words by Jordan Scott.

The Killers are set to release new music for the first time in five years, and fans couldn’t be happier. 

The Las Vegas natives are responsible for some of the biggest indie/rock anthems of recent years, and the announcement of imminent new music has got fans excited online.

They were formed by frontman Brandon Flowers in 2001, after he attended an Oasis gig which inspired him to put together the band that would soon become The Killers. Their debut album ‘Hot Fuss’ catapulted them to mainstream success in 2004 with songs such as ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ ‘Mr Brightside’ & ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ helping the record climb to number 1 in the UK, eventually going seven times platinum. They stood at the forefront of the explosion of indie bands at the time, and their ability to write amazing songs has kept them relevant and kept fans desperate for new material.

The Killers performing ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ and ‘Mr Brightside’ at Glastonbury 2005:

 The follow up to their debut album came in in the form of ‘Sam’s Town’ in 2006, keeping their momentum going. Songs such as ‘When You Were Young’ ‘For Reasons Unknown’ and the anthemic ‘Read My Mind’ proved they were there to stay and weren’t daunted by the success of ‘Hot Fuss’

Their next two albums ‘Day & Age’ and ‘Battle Born’ didn’t quite reach the heights of their debut and follow up, but they still produced some great moments and songs that have become big live favourites. Day and Ages’ ‘Human’ and ‘A Dustland Fairytale’ stood out as the albums finest moments, and Battle Born’s theatrical, Springsteen-esque ‘Runaways’ and ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ can stand up with some of their best work.

After touring ‘Battle Born’ the band took a hiatus with members going off to do various other projects, with Brandon Flowers releasing his second solo album named ‘The Desired Effect‘. He spoke to NME in 2015 about the bands plans for their fifth album, and promised a new sound:

The band have now announced their new single ‘The Man’ which will be released on Friday and will premiere on radio on Wednesday night.

They recently debuted a song named ‘Run For Cover’ which contains another infectious chorus by Brandon Flowers, who seems to write them effortlessly. Watch the performance below:

The Killers have won four NME awards, a Brit award and have been nominated for seven Grammy’s; deservedly so. After five years away, it’s safe to assume The Killer’s return will be a colossal one, and we can’t wait.

Article written by Jordan Scott, you can follow Jordan on twitter here

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