MusicOhio: There are a lot of bands
out there today with the old rock sound. What makes The Killers
stand out from the rest? Personally, I think you have a much
David Keuning: Yeah, in a totally different way, I feel really dumb
right now. Weíve gotten that question a lot recently with all the
new bands coming out that are influenced by bands like T Rex, and
New Order and how are we different is hard to answer that. We are
definitely different than The Strokes and all the others. I donít
think thereís that many bands that sound like us on tour. Weíre
trying to write really good songs. Apparently one of the differences
is we have the 80's style but weíre trying to incorporate a little
more depth. U2 and the Beatleís influence because their the best
songwriterís that ever lived. Obviously, U2 especially, so on that
angle too weíre not afraid to be different. The Strokes are one of
my favorite bands, but they donít have hardly any ballads, and
thatís something we like to do now and then. We have a couple on the
record as well as like a couple of dance ones. We vary it up a
MO: You just mentioned The Beatles
and U2, probably the best songwriters in each generation. Is that
how you see your band?
DK: That's absolutely how I see it. I don't know how it will evolve,
but similar to U2. People want to have different albums where one is
more like a U2 pop record with a lot of weird dance stuff like Zoo
TV, or a lot of stuff like Where the Streets have No Names. Songs
like that, thatís one of the best songs. I think it is top five.
MO: Has traveling and playing out
every night, meeting new people had an effect on your music?
DK: Yeah, it's affecting it one way or another. We're not gonna have
as much time to write except during the sound check. I used to read
about other bands and they were like, "Yeah, we just wrote that in
sound check." Now I know why, because itís the only time we have to
write. Twenty minutes before another concert, or anytime at night or
during the day. I guess weíre going into a little bit of the U2,
Cure direction, but weíre still gonna have a couple of dance songs
on the next album. I think we got some good songs written already,
but itís really early to talk about what the next song is gonna
MO: Because there is such variety on
the record, is it hard to pick out singles to put out there that
represents The Killers sound?
DK: It is actually, I think we've already picked the first two
singles and the third one is gonna be hard. There's like three or
four that could be the third one and a couple of real good ballads
that don't know if they could be singles, they're both long but
theyíre really good songs. Maybe theyíre not good for the radio.
Thatís not our judgement call.
MO: You also have some songs that
donít fit the "radio" friendly formula. Are you doing any radio
DK: We're already doing that on our next single and I donít know
what it's gonna sound like but look at the bright side, it will be
on the radio. Maybe there will be a radio edit but it sucks not
being involved because I donít know what they could possibly cut
out. But theyíll find something.
MO: Picking the songs for the record
had to be a chore in itself. You have a loyal fan base, especially
in Las Vegas, and have you had people yell out songs to play that
threw you for a loop?
DK: Yeah, we've already had that a little bit because we had a lot
of stuff that didnít make it to the record. Some songs that I would
have liked and locally, we just played Vegas for the first year and
then people would be like why did you stop playing that? People
would even holler out songs that we don't play anymore. And you
know, I said to Brandon, I said we should play that and Brandon
says, "I donít even remember that!" And then come to think of it I
don't remember all the guitar parts or forgot to learn it or
whatever. Thereís already a few like that ,but I think all the ones
weíre playing live now, we better not forget those because we're
touring so much. There's about nine off the next record that weíre
just playing over and over again. Thereís a couple of older ones
that are B-Sides that weíve played every couple of weeks and we keep
doing that whole number otherwise, we might forget those too.
MO: Itís weird, because Las Vegas,
with all itís hype, really isnít known for a music scene. But what
scene there was, did The Killers fit into it?
DK: We did not fit into it and I kinda think it's a good thing
because it was really easy to stand out and the people who did like
our music in town weíre like, "Oh My God! Thereís a band in Vegas
that sounds like that?" There aren't many. I canít really think of
any bands that sound very much like it. Thereís a lot of punk and
metal bands, a lot of casino bands, of course, Wayne Newton.
MO: The metal scene is big there?
DK: There's a lot of stuff like that. There's a lot of aggressive
music, but we're a little nicer and we're different so, I think it's
a good thing. But it was hard at first cause no one knew who we
were. We were playing with other metal bands and theyíre audience
just didn't know what to think of us. We have like a good strong,
small following in Vegas but it's loyal. Thankfully we got a record
deal to help broaden our horizon a little bit.
MO: When you first came on board
with the band, did you know this was the group of guys to get you to
the next level?
DK: Now it may sound really bad, but I think I did. I don't know
why. I just, maybe Iím just saying that because I wanted to quit my
job. That was always my motivation, so I could keep writing and keep
working on this music, I don't want to sound conceited, but I
thought we had a good chance. When I first met Brandon, he just came
in and threw out some song ideas that he had and I really knew that
they were something special.
MO: Is the music business what you
thought it was going to be?
DK: Itís never what you think it's gonna be but some things are
awesome and I love it but other things...
MO: Yea, like talking to me on a
sidewalk an hour before show time.
DK: Yeah, like talking to people like you. Stuff like that. You're
busier than you thought it would be even though I knew we were gonna
be busy, just like never. Your easy to talk to but it's hard to get
used to interviews. I get asked the same questions a lot and I feel
uncomfortable answering them, I donít know why but, just doesnít
seem natural for the interview.