The Killers Teach Louis XIV How To Deal With Screamers
Singer Jason Hill says Vegas rockers are pros at playing it cool.
Louis XIV are
learning plenty from frequent tourmates the Killers, including
helpful hints on accessorizing, moisturizing and - most importantly
- how to act around throngs of screaming, out-of-their minds teenage
Ziggy Stardust movie on the bus the other day, and it's all just
screaming young girls in the front of the stage. And I realized that
it's exactly the same for shows with us and the Killers," Louis XIV
frontman Jason Hill laughed. "They really eat it up. But we've
learned from the Killers how to play it cool. I mean, they're pros
at it. To play crowds of 16,000 people a night, you've got to know
how to do it."
They've also picked up on the Killers' penchant for on-the-road
recording. The two bands have already hooked up for one memorable
late-night tour-bus jam session , but it didn't end there. Inspired
by the Killers' knack for pounding out new songs while on tour ,
Louis XIV had a studio built on their tour bus so they could be
writing and recording at all times.
"If you're on the road too much, there's a lot of debauchery,
there's so much partying that you're always looking for a spare
moment to work," Hill said. "So we decided to put a studio in the
back of the bus. We got the idea from working with the Killers. One
time we had [Killers' drummer] Ronnie [Vannucci] come in at 4:30 in
the morning and set up his kit and tracked him playing drums on a
new tune that [Killers frontman] Brandon [Flowers] wrote, called
'For Reasons Unknown.' It was completely stupid and crazy but it was
the right time to do it and it had to be done."
But it's not like writing a ton of songs is something new for Louis
XIV. They've been doing it for a while ... just not on the road. In
fact, up until pretty recently, touring wasn't even an option for
the band. They were just, as Hill put is, "broke musicians" with
nothing better to do than write songs.
"We write all the time. We have a lot of songs just hanging around
because we were nobodies before we made our record," he laughed.
"You have to write songs every day, no matter how you feel. And you
have to keep telling yourself that for every song that people might
hear, there are 50 they don't."
In fact, the band already has somewhere around 50 new songs written
for the follow-up to its debut LP, The Best Little Secrets Are
"We've got a bunch of new songs: 'Ashes and Cinders,' 'Queer
Pressure,' 'Cut Your Tongue Out,' those were just ones I've written
in the past few days. All we need now is some days off to get into a
studio," Hill said. "We had four days off like a month ago, and
normally you'd want to just sit around in a bed and do nothing,
'cause you've been on tour for months, but by the second day we were
getting bored, and we went back into the studio and started working
on a real Motown-sounding album. We always just sort of go into the
studio and press 'record' and see what happens."