Las Vegas band The Killers have taken to their social media accounts today, to reveal some new material will be announced tomorrow (January 14). Posting on Twitter and Instagram, the band announced to fans that they should “tune in to @zanelowe on @Beats1 tomorrow at 5pm GMT for something new..” The band haven’t released an album since ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ in 2017. The announcement also included artwork in of black and white sepia images of the statue of liberty, in collage formation, with the words ‘land of the free’.
— The Killers (@thekillers) 13 January 2019
While it is still unclear what the announcement will be, back in December the band released a photograph of them back in the studio. Singer Brandon Flowers was behind a keyboard with an someone sitting at a computer, with production software clearly up on the screen. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr gave an interview to NME where he told them he didn’t think there would be a 5 year break between new material and a new album, like there had been between ‘Battle Born’ and ‘Wonderful Wonderful’.
After making mistakes and the band recognising they needed to ‘grow up’ with ‘Battle Born’ in 2012, ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ was about the band coming back together after a string of solo releases, including Brandon Flowers’s ‘The Desired Effect in 2015, that debuted at No1 in the UK Album Chart.
After ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Flowers was asked what could be coming next in terms of a new album, Brandon explained that he had no idea; “It’s just all evolution and you learn from each record. It’s funny, I’ve found that I wait for it to present itself to me. I don’t necessarily say I’m going in and this is the record I’m going to make. I don’t think you can force it because whether you like it or not, things that you’ve absorbed in the last couple of years since are going to expose themselves and it’s going to be different to what you had planned”.
In juxtaposition drummer Ronnie said that he did have an inkling at what was coming next for The Killers; “I do. i’m constantly messing around with things and I see a lot online… there’s still a lot to be discovered and I think keeping with the tradition of always trying something new with a record might be something for us to look into”.
Guitarist Dave Keuning’s solo project will also be released this month, after he told NME that he regretted not doing it sooner, as it had awakened the creative part of him that had been diminished after a set of gruelling and exhausting tour with The Killers. Keuning decided to take a step back from touring, and decided to stay at home in San Diego whilst the band toured after their ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ album release. The result is a 14 track album named ‘Prismism’ due to be released on January 25.