The Killers released their first album, the excellent Hot Fuss, almost 20 years ago. Since the release, the band has moved a bit further away from the slick, synth-driven music of the first record. They've produced some nice songs, but no album holds up to their first. And now there's a chance we might not have any new Killers albums.
To be fair, I thought that the new single was fairly weak. The sound was derivative of early New Order, but almost more of a homage from the Killers than using New Order as creative inspiration. And the track feels like a band running out of gas. Maybe that is the case.
Speaking with The Times recently, Flowers said a new album that "Your Side of Town" was originally supposed to be a part of has been nixed. Of course, the band hasn't released an album since 2001's underwhelming Pressure Machine. The album sold well at first, but there are few standout songs on the record.
Brandon Flowers implies the Killers might be done
According to what Flowers told The Times - grimly if you happen to be a KIllers fan, "Halfway through recording (the new album) I realized, ‘I can’t do this.’ This isn’t the kind of record...I think this will be the...I don’t think you’ll see us making this type of music any more.”
Unclear is exactly what Flowers meant by "this type of music," however. Does he mean synth-driven tracks that the band has already distanced themselves from a bit? Plus, the Killers are likely at their best when creating that type of music. While the Killers are fun to listen to, they don't exactly create art and they don't need to. They are entertaining and that is all we need from them.
Flowers also added, "So I’m thinking about the next phase of my life.” Flowers is a fairly devout Mormon, so one might rightly wonder if he is thinking of moving more that direction, for whatever that might mean. But any new Killers music is a long way off, and very possibly Pressure Machine is the last album we will ever hear with new music from the band.