Killers Give Details On New LP, Admit They Kind Of
Like Fall Out Boy
Band may record next LP with Depeche Mode/ Nine
Inch Nails producers.
in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Killers will finally end
their year-and-a-half-long world tour in support of their
debut album, Hot Fuss - a tour that has helped turn
them into international rock superstars and make their
hometown of Las Vegas known for
something other than gambling and triple-digit heat.
But just how does the band plan on spending its time
off?Well, it actually sounds pretty tiring.
"We're just looking forward to getting home, but it's not
going to be us not seeing each other or anything like that,"
drummer Ronnie Vannucci said. "We can't wait to get back
into the garage, hammer out ideas for songs, go out for
dinners together, work on the new album. You know, do sh--
It's no secret that the Killers have been working the
follow-up to Fuss for almost a year, whether during
soundchecks or in the middle of the night on the tour
But hard-and-fast details about the new album have been
scarce — until now.
"I don't know if I'm allowed to say or not, but I think
we're going to do the album with [producers] Flood and Alan
Moulder," Vannucci said. "We're playing around with a bunch
of different ideas, and we'll never really know what
anything will sound like until they're done. I don't think
one would be expecting to have another 'Somebody Told Me' on
the record. But who knows? It's not done yet."
Together and separately, Flood and Moulder have worked on
some of the most influential albums of the past 15 years,
including the Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the
Infinite Sadness, My Bloody Valentine's Loveless,
Depeche Mode's Violator and two U2 albums, not to
mention almost all of Nine Inch Nails' LPs (Moulder also
mixed Hot Fuss). The Killers plan on hitting the
studio with the British pair sometime in January, though
there's no tentative release date for the new album,
especially since Vannucci is quick to add that they're in no
real rush to record anything.
"We want to take our time with this one, make sure
everything's right," he said. "We've earned the right to do
that with this album."
An extended studio stay also means that the band - or, more
precisely, frontman Brandon Flowers — will probably be able
to avoid any further beef with artists on the Island Records
roster. The group had a brief war of words they had with
labelmates the Bravery a few months back, and just last week
there was another feud, this one between the Killers and
recent Island signees Fall Out Boy .
And for Vannucci, a beef-free diet would be a very good
"I mean, everybody's got an opinion, and if someone asks
[Brandon] something, he's going to say it. We don't always
agree with him, but that's his prerogative," he sighed. "I
think this falls along the same lines. I hadn't even heard
about this thing with Fall Out Boy until a few days ago, and
I still don't get it. We got nothing against those guys at
all. And I kind of like that song they've got ['Sugar, We're
Goin Down']. It's catchy."
"If someone asks [frontman Brandon Flowers] something, he's going to say it. We
don't always agree with him, but that's his prerogative." - the Killers' Ronnie Vannucci