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Week 4 : Day 5 : festivals, OneMusic article, Smash Mag article,Baltimore review, HolySoup HF review

News
Brandon has confirmed that the Killers will be playing at Glastonbury this year, as well as the Carling Weekend at Reading and Leeds. From Radio 1:

"We're going to do Glastonbury and Leeds and Reading. We're going to do a lot of them. Glastonbury, we're really excited about. We're playing just before The White Stripes, who we're big fans of."

Zane Lowe played The Killers' cover of Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town again last night, as his Hottest Record In The World Right Now. In the Zane Lowe interview a couple of days ago, Brandon also spoke of hopefully getting a new single out this year:

"We would love to have a first single by the end of the year out for the next album... I think The Killers are going to be a little bit more organic on the next record."

Article

'Somebody told them that image is important' from OneMusic Exposed, 3rd October 2004


"Rock and roll has always depended on fashion and image," says Ronnie Vannucci. "That's half of what they - the record companies - are selling. If you don't believe that, wake the hell up." Vannucci, drummer with Las Vegas outfit The Killers is acutely aware that in the fashion conscious music industry, how a band looks is almost as important as having good tunes.

Image is key
His band-mate, the curiously named Brandon Flowers agrees. "Every band gives a thought to their image," says the relatively quiet yet affable frontman. "Even the ones who don't appear to care, or look like they haven't bothered, have made a conscious decision specifically not to look like they've made an effort."

Mad for make-up
The Killers do, however, care very much about image. They might not be the first band to wear suits or mascara or eye-shadow playing live but they certainly won't be the last, even if their reasons for wearing make-up are somewhat dubious. "Some of us have really fair eye-lashes," laughs Ronnie. "And once the lights come down you can't see anything but eyeballs..."

Giving it some glamour
When you consider that The Killers hail from Vegas, best known for its seedy strip clubs, spectacular illuminations and casinos, it isn't surprising that the band have a certain amount of glamour about them. "We used to play every weekend in Vegas, attracting interesting audiences that were darker and maybe a little seedier," laughs Ronnie, pausing for thought. "Subconsciously, maybe that came out in 'Somebody Told Me.'"

Clichés can be good
New single 'Somebody Told Me,' released on the band's UK label Lizard King is currently on heavy rotation on Zane Lowe. Its killer chorus and obvious but effective lyrics "about someone telling you that the person you're fascinated with is taken", ensure it stays firmly entrenched in the memory banks. "The song is a cliché," admits Brandon . "But that's good because it makes it more memorable. And that's what you want songs to be."

The Duran Duran thing
The Killers have been likened to 80s popsters Duran Duran. They - or rather Ronnie - doesn't seem too bothered about that. "I don't have any Duran records. But they are a great band and write great songs!" he grins. Brandon has a slightly different view. "'Somebody Told Me' could be 'Rio' - with chest hair," muses the frontman. "But I do think we have more of an edge than Duran Duran - we're more about rock and roll and bands like The Rolling Stones."

The 80s weren't that bad
British music has played a huge influence on The Killers. Even the eighties, traditionally a decade given a lot of stick for churning out crap music is defended by Brandon. "There were great songs that came from the eighties, especially from Manchester." He goes on to mention New Order, a band the Killers like so much they 'ripped off' their name from a bass drum in New Order's video for 'Crystal'.

Why British crowds are cool
Brandon talks about how he wishes he could see a bit more of the places The Killers have played in the UK . This is their fifth visit to these shores, but although the band rarely get chance to do anything other than check into hotels, they love British crowds. "People over here aren't afraid to admit that they like something. If they hear a good song they're gonna clap and scream. In the US it's much harder to get people to appreciate you."

Why it's hard to conquer the States
"Size does matter," muses Ronnie. He isn't talking about male pride but on the difference between gigging in the States and UK. "America is huge. You've got the East and West coast. You've got sections of the US that would take you in and others that would go 'what the hell is this?' People in the UK are all on the same page and have different appreciation of music than Americans do. People over here appreciate music like we appreciate movie-stars."


Article

View from the top: Las Vegas favorites The Killers make it to the big time, or at least get pretty close
from Smash Magazine, 2004
by Amey Tygart.
- thanks to stace!


Halfway through the summer of 2002, a friend brought me a mix C.D. of a mysterious new band called Hot Hot Heat and recommended that I check out their show. A couple of weeks later, they played at a coffee house, and I took my friend's advice. While fifty or so hipsters eagerly awaited Hot Hot Heat in the foyer of the sweltering Café Espresso Roma, they were first introduced to the opening band, The Killers- four well dressed but intentionally disheveled, rock-stars-in-the-making. Brandon Flowers, the lead singer, wore more eye-liner than all the girls in the room combined. His singing and stage presence brought to mind what a pre Duran Duran Simon LeBon might have looked like, practicing for super-stardom at fifteen. The band played an exciting set, and with a few more sweaty melodramatic shows, they gained a permanent spot in the hearts of many a scenester.

Hot Hot Heat turned out to be all the rage of 2003. This year The Killers are following closely in there footsteps. So closely in fact, that in April of this year, 2,000 or so patrons of the Coachella Arts and Music Festival crammed into an outdoor tent to see The Killers play on the same stage that H. H. H. had rocked the year before.

To be sure, The Killers have come a long way from being an inexperienced coffee shop opening act, however not much (including the eye-liner) has changed. With West-coast and European tours, releasing a new album, video, and working the talk show circuit, this former Sin City band will see little of the Vegas Strip this year." During a brief U.S. layover they talked with SMASH about being a band in Vegas, why European fans are important, and what it's like to be on top of the world.

Over the last three years the "hipster" scene in Las Vegas and the music of The Killers have co-evolved. It was during the "Summer of Sasha's" in 2003 that The Killers gained a loyal following in Vegas. As bassist Mark Stoermer recalls, "We didn't fit into the normal scene of fraternity boy bars and metal bands. We were lucky to have Roma and Sahsa's [Tramps], which are both gone now, to put us in front of likeminded people."

The Killers started playing music because they wanted to bring back songs with real meaning, says Stoermer, "In the 60's and 70's, and even in the 80's to an extent, bands were making songs with lyrics that had staying power, and that is what our record has. Every song is different though. Some of our songs are just to make girls dance, others have a deeper purpose."

In their first years, The Killers were highly effective at marketing themselves, and were playing shows with bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Libertines. "We worked hard, five or six hours a day in a hot garage working on songs and practicing. We weren't necessarily working towards anything, but we kept working at it," says Stoermer. Soon, the band got signed by an independent label in the U.K. This turned out to be important not only for their European success, but for their future in America as well. As Mark explains, "Major American labels don't really want to take risks. But, once you've got your foot in the door and you're a little bit proven, then everybody wants you." Signing with Lizard King paved the way for a record deal with Island/Def Jam in late 2003.

It often seems that what record labels are looking for in a band is an image that they can push. Drummer Ronni Vannucci feels that Image is important, but that it doesn't carry as much weight as good music. "When you hear your favorite song, do you think of what that guy or the girl was wearing? I mean, when they hear Imagine by John Lennon, nobody thinks of the little grey suit he used to wear."

The Killers deny being just a pretty face, and say that their music will carry them above the buzz. As Vannucci explains, "The buzz is weird; people will always try to pigeon-hole you. We've been compared 80's bands... to The Strokes, Interpol. It's great to be compared to such great bands, but hopefully once they hear the record it will set us apart... in a good way."

In an industry that changes from month to month based on fads and fickle pop culture, The Killers confidently declare that they are a band for the ages. Denying the title "Vegas based buss band", Stoermer predicts, "One day 10 years from now, you may listen to our record and it will sound like 2004, but it's still good. Years from now, we will still be writing good songs. No matter what's cool, maybe we will change and evolve, but we will still be writing good songs, and everyone always wants to hear good songs."

It seems that what ever happens, The Killers know they have a good thing going and aren't taking any thing for granted. Vannucci explains, "Right now we're moving so fast that it's hard to take it all in." Even with the newly gained attention, Stoermer modestly proclaims, "I wouldn't say we've made it big yet." Vannucci sums up the high points of rock star life saying, "It's awesome to go and see new places, and meet totally great people, and make friends with people you saw on T.V. when you were growing up, and other bands. I don't get star struck very easily, but the other day I watched The Hives play with Slash. It's neat to be placed in that world and still kind of keep your feet on the ground."


Review

Riding the New Wave from Baltimore Out Loud, 2004
by Gregg Shapiro.
- thanks stace!


As music trends go, the inclusive and far-reaching New Wave scene began to undergo something of a revival with the arrival of the synth-beat driven electroclash bands a few years ago. The next wave appears to consist of bands that mix synth-keyboards and beats with electric guitars and drums, and of course classic New Wave vocals.

A pair of Shortlist Prize nominees are good examples of this trend. Formed in Las Vegas, The Killers confidently hammer out dance floor-friendly beats crossed with roaring guitars on their aptly named major-label debut Hot Fuss (Island). At a band showcase, shortly before the release of their album, a duo from the band performed an acoustic version of one of the album songs and then tore into a Smiths song, drawing a line from a groundbreaking New Wave band to themselves. Even the Killers' hit single, "Somebody Told Me," addresses the sexual ambiguity long associated with the movement, with the line "Somebody told me/you had a boyfriend/who looked like a girlfriend/that I had in February of last year." Add to that the vocals of lead singer Brandon Flowers, which echo the detached/distraught vocals of bands such as Depeche Mode or The Fixx, and The Killers could potentially make a killing.


Review

The Killers - Hot Fuss from Holy Soup, June 2004
- thanks stace!


The Killers manage to bring something new to guitar rock on their thrilling debut, Hot Fuss. The band's synthesis of rock and techno, takes cues from classic electro-pop bands (Erasure, Pet Shop Boys) and current electronica (Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy) and then mixes in the raw power of rock and roll. By patterning some of their melodies after dance music, as in the opening verses of "Mr. Brightside" or "Somebody Told Me," the band gives an insistent quality not often associated with guitars. (It must be noted that "Somebody Told Me" is likely to go down as an awesome single, one that never grows old) These influences provide The Killers' music with not only an aggressive energy but also an undercurrent of joy. (It might sound easy, but they are first band to really accomplish this feat for an entire album with balanced integration.)

What sets The Killers apart from other party-minded peers such as Franz Ferdinand and Scissor Sisters is the diversity of their songs. From the danceable "Change Your Mind" to the ominous Flannery O'Connor-esque "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine" and the plaintive "Believe Me Natalie," every song feels different while remaining uniquely within The Killers' distinct sound. The only odd bird comes in the closing cut "Everything Will Be All Right." Its lethargic beat and slurred, drunken-sounding assurances don't inspire much confidence that things will change for the better, only that the singer is trying to convince us of the impossible in the middle of a hopeless situation.

The Killers deal exclusively in vague yet descriptive lyrics that allow listeners to breathe their own personalities into the gaps. Each song paints a little snapshots of life in Las Vegas - romance, sin, betrayal, dance clubs, or murder. Chief songwriter Brandon Flowers turns out some outstanding phrases, such as "Save some face/You've only got one" ("Smile"), or "I took my baby's breath beneath the chandelier/Of stars in atmosphere" ("Midnight"). Though they broach some unseemly topics, they never do so in crass or obvious ways. (They let listeners' minds fill in the blanks if they so wish.) Hot Fuss is a dynamic debut that seems to indicate these Killers will be in our midst for a long time to come.

Song: "All These Things That I've Done"

Topic: Redemption

Theme: The singer begs for help with his sin.

Discussion Questions:

Why is the singer so desperate in this song? Have you ever felt like this? If so, what happened?

What are some other reasons people hit bottom and cry out for help? Where are some places they might seek aid?

Read aloud Luke 1:67-75. What does this passage promise? What prevents people from turning to God?

How is a perfect God able to interact with sinful humankind? What does this tell you about God's character?

Will God redeem all those who cry out to him, no matter what? Why or why not?

Is there anything you need redemption from? If so, how can you turn this over to God?

Songs & Themes:

Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine - A killer won't confess to the crime of murdering his friend Jenny.

Mr. Brightside - The singer overlooks the infidelities of his girlfriend.

Smile Like You Mean It - The singer looks back on a girlfriend and realizes someone else is dating her now, doing the same things he did.

Somebody Told Me - The singer hopes to become a girl's boyfriend.

All These Things That I've Done - The singer begs for help.

Andy, You're a Star - An obsessed admirer hopes Andy isn't taken.

On Top - The band is at the top of their game tonight.

Change Your Mind - The singer hopes to change a woman's answer.

Believe Me Natalie - The singer tells a friend to take action now, she can't wait any longer.

Midnight Show - The singer has a romantic rendezvous in mind.

Everything Will Be All Right - The singer meets someone new.



Media Watch
The Killers are in this week's NME (NME award winners on the cover.) There will be a poster of the boys in next week's NME.
The Killers will be on "In Profile" on ITV on Monday 12:30am. That's Sunday night.
The Killers are in Playboy Magazine (March issue - Paris Hilton on the cover)
The Killers are in L'uomo Vogue (February issue - The Bravery on the cover)
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Comments

The NME comes out March 2nd, right? Any idea when it will be available for the US fans?

It came out in the UK on Wednesday (the 23rd), I think stores like Borders sometimes have it a week afterwards in the US? I'm not sure though. The cover looks like this.

The next one will come out on March the 2nd i.e. the one with posters, so you'll most likely get that one the week after.