There's a palpable buzz in the air of a packed out Cardiff Barfly,
because tonight, perhaps the hottest American band around "the
Killers" are headlining. Hailing from LA they mix the sassiest
eighties electro buzzes, with cutting edge bass and guitar rhythms
and top it all off with excellently passionate vocalising from front
man Brandon Flowers.
In an excellent opening the killers launch into songs like "Smile
like you mean it" with its pleading arch chorus, then onto the
spinning eighties retro of "Jenny."
On stage "the Killers" are magnetic, Flowers is an enthralling
watch, singing and constantly straining every sinew to push his
hands in the air in an act of fey Morrissey like stagecraft. He is
flanked by the ice cool charm of the rest of the group, the shaggy
haired David Keuning on guitars and Mike Stoermer on electric bass.
The highlight comes with "Mr Brightside" the EP of the same name is
now sold out and its not hard to see why, a constantly whirring
melody is pushed to the limit by emotive lyricism "Coming out of my
cage/and I've been doing just fine/ gotta be down/ because I want it
all," and strident building guitars. Then onto new single "Somebody
told me" with its sublime Duran Duran esque sound it cant help but
get the crowd moving. Sometimes the lyrics do let “The Killers” down
for instance “Indie rock n roll's” chorus line of "its indie rock
and roll for me, indie rock n' roll Is all I need" is plain poor,
and well below their best.
But overall tonight the impression is of a band on the up, a band
that can encompass beautiful eighties retro rhythms and stylishly
weld them to modern sounding keyboards and crafty guitar shapes.
Watch out for the Killers their time is now. (BillCummings).
How did you enjoy touring with
Brandon Flowers: We really enjoyed it we've been all over the
What do you have planned for the
BF: Well we're going back to America for a while now to put some
hard work in over there. But we will be back in the summer to do the
festivals and promote our new album that's released on the 7th of
Would you like to play at
Morrissey's Meltdown festival?
Brandon Flowers: I'd Love to play with Morrisey (smile across his
face) but we will see.
Do you feel it’s important to make
music you enjoy firstly? Not to pander to the hyper machine around
you? Also how do you think your sound has changed?
David Keuning: Oh yeah we would never pander to anyone else, we make
music we like, and well we've had a real good reception in this
country so far.
How do you think your sound has
DK: Our sound keeps changing people try to pigeon hole you but we
keep changing we've done all kind of different tracks in our time.
We've even thrown stuff away that didn't fit in with our sound.
Brandon Flowers: Yeah there's got to be some kind of continuity to
our sound at the moment as people are just getting to know us.
We want to do a great first album,
then the second album will be a little bit different and the third
will be a total change. People may think they know our sound
but it changes constantly, each song is different.
Many thanks to the band for answering these informal questions.