Next month, global rockstars The Killers will release their seventh studio album, titled “Pressure Machine”, just under a year after releasing their latest album “Imploding The Mirage”.
Without the ability to promote “Imploding The Mirage” in the traditional way for a stage rock band like The Killers thanks to COVID, the seeds of “Pressure Machine” were first sown in the global shutdown of the year last.
“It all came to a screeching halt,” frontman Brandon Flowers said, “and it was the first time in a long time that I had been faced with silence.
“And from that silence, this record began to bloom, full of songs that would otherwise have been too quiet and drowned out by the sound of typical Killers records.”
The coronavirus forced the group to make their first major stop as a unit since 2004, and Flowers retreated to their hometown of Nephi, Utah – a quaint and isolated community of just over 5 000 souls, a rubber factory, many wheat fields and no traffic lights.
The return to everyday realities fostered and harnessed the creative impulse of Flowers, who began to delve into old memories of her teenage years in Nephi.
“We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere, ”said band drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr,“ and during COVID-19 I started to feel like we were all in the middle From nowhere. ”
Agree Flowers: “I discovered this grief that I had not faced,” he said, “many memories of my time in Nephi are fond.
“But those related to fear or great sadness were loaded with emotion. I have more understanding now than when we started the band, and I hope I could do justice to those stories and lives in this. small town where I grew up in. “
The result is ‘Pressure Machine’, a collection of songs that challenge the unyielding pressure of the American Dream compounded by religious disenchantment. Yet they also touch on the healing arrival of summer, the first hay harvest, milder skies as well as darker, realistic themes like the opioid epidemic and local tragedies.
With “Pressure Machine” slated for release on August 13 (pre-order), this weekend, The Killers is making headlines for Splendor XR. They also hinted that details will arrive soon for an Australian tour in 2022. Pending for this announcement.