Get busy at back of the tour bus
frontman Jason Hill has many talents, including being able
to take the stage at various summer festivals decked out in
super-hot suits yet never seeming to sweat, and looking
incredibly like a young Ozzy.
He's also quite the
networker, as evidenced by his
recent friendship with Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers,
which actually began back when Louis were just an unsigned
act looking to hit the road for the first time .
"The Killers actually asked us to tour with them when they
were just breaking. The first day they got a tour bus was
the first day we were on tour with them," Hill explained.
"They just liked our music and we were an unsigned band at
the time, and we hit it off because for one, our music isn't
like anyone else's out there, and we can pretty much play
with anybody. And also because the crowds really liked us
both, so they asked us to do this run of shows."
That run of shows came to an end at this past weekend's
Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, where both Louis XIV and
the Killers shared the stage with a host of acts, ranging
from Biz Markie and Public Enemy to the White Stripes and
the Pixies. But just because the road trip has ended doesn't
mean that the burgeoning friendship between the San Diego
rockers and the shimmering Vegas synth-masters is finished;
in fact, both acts have been recording songs together,
including a couple of tunes that sprouted from some serious
late-night tour-bus jam sessions between Hill and Flowers.
"I've been recording here in the back of the bus over the
last couple of nights with Brandon from the Killers," Hill
said while reclining in his bus this past weekend. "We've
been sitting back here recording a couple new tracks. One of
them is going to be on their new record, and it's just
"One song — I'm not going to say what it is — is a cover
song that I did with all strings, and I brought it on and
had Brandon sing the first verse on it. The person who wrote
it all those years ago, I want him to sing on it too," Hill
continued. "And the other one was a song that Brandon had
started writing. And I'm just helping him record that one,
and I play guitar on it."
And while he might not be totally forthcoming with song
titles, Hill did spill the beans on a couple of his
"We had [Killers drummer] Ronnie [Vannucci] set up his drum
kit back here, in this 2 foot by 2 foot area, and play
drums. It was about 4 in the morning and I just got it in my
head that we needed drums on the track," he said. "And we'll
probably get [Louis guitarist] Brian [Karscig] and [bassist]
Jimmy [Armbrust] to be on the song too."
Neither band's reps seemed to have any idea that the
collaboration was happening, but don't be surprised if you
hear more Louis/ Killers tunes in the future. It's not like
Hill needs a whole lot of time or space to get a song down
"I've never recorded in a proper studio, just little rooms
here or there, and I love going into a room without any idea
of what we're going to do and just making it up. I love that
more than anything," he laughed.