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Pressure Machine

    When the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the promotional run and worldwide tour for The Killers’ majestic, critically-acclaimed 2020 album Imploding the Mirage, “everything came to this grinding halt,” says frontman Brandon Flowers. “And it was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence. And out of that silence this record began to bloom, full of songs that would have otherwise been too quiet and drowned out by the noise of typical Killers records.” Indeed, for the first time since 2004, the relentless momentum and pressures of being in a globally-renowned, stadium-shaking band stopped. Enter Pressure Machine: a view into the everyday realities of a small American town with a stark, tough beauty, and The Killers’ most restrained and resonant album yet.

    A quieter, character-study-driven album, Pressure Machine lives squarely in Flowers’ hometown of Nephi, Utah, a close-knit community of 5300 people with no traffic lights, a rubber plant, wheat fields, and the West Hills. Nephi is the place Flowers spent his formative years (10-16), saying “had it not been for advancements in the automotive industry, Nephi in the 90s could have been the 1950s.” The album’s songs are based on the memories and stories of people that impacted him growing up, interspersed with commentary from current Nephi locals about their town. “We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere,” says the band’s drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. “And during Covid-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere.” Concurs Flowers, “I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with,” he says, “many memories of my time in Nephi are tender. But the ones tied to fear or great sadness were emotionally charged. I’ve got more understanding now than when we started the band, and hopefully I was able to do justice to these stories and these lives in this little town that I grew up in.”

    The resulting record is an aural document of growing up - and living - in the American Southwest, told from a myriad of perspectives. For the first time in his life, Flowers had complete lyrics before a note of music was put to tape. No stranger to inhabiting different characters in songs, on Pressure Machine he steps into the shoes of some of the people whose lives he watched unfold as a teen. The album weaves the threads of Flowers’ signature lyricism throughout his career into a perfect whole culminating in the most elegant album The Killers have ever made.

    Through its characters and also its title, the album squares up to the unbending pressure of the American dream compounded by religious disenchantment. A born optimist, moments of beauty inevitably shine out of the grief of Flowers's songs: the healing arrival of summer, the first crop of hay, sweeter skies. Pressure Machine’s stories detail the real life personal battles, overwhelming regrets, local tragedies, and the opioid epidemic that hit Flowers’ hometown, as well as every hometown in America. Flowers sings about the choices people make, for better and for worse, and the consequences of those choices; the ones who were left behind, and the ones that can’t be forgotten.

    Pressure Machine’s album cover image was shot on the highway just outside Nephi, taken as photographer Wes Johnson passed a roadside inspirational display set up by a local Baptist church. Johnson took dozens of incredible images of Flowers’ hometown throughout the early part of 2021, many of which are featured in the album’s packaging for the physical edition. 


    TRACK LISTING

    1. West Hills
    2. Quiet Town
    3. Cody
    4. Terrible Thing
    5. Sleepwalker
    6. Runaway Horses Featuring Phoebe Bridgers **
    7. In The Car Outside
    8. In Another Life
    9. Desperate Things
    10. Pressure Machine
    11. The Getting By

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    Wonderful Wonderful

      The Killers have revealed details for their highly anticipated new album, Wonderful Wonderful. The band’s fifth studio album, and their first in five years. Produced by Jacknife Lee, it was recorded at the group’s own Battle Born recording studio in Las Vegas, and at Jacknife’s Los Angeles studio. The album art was shot by Anton Corbijn.

      Following the release of blistering first single The Man, The Killers played a surprise unannounced set at Glastonbury Festival in June, sold out their British Summer Time show in Hyde Park in record time, and conquered the European festival circuit with a crowd pleasing set of hits. 

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      Hot Fuss

        Hot Fuss is the debut studio album originally released in June 20014. It has sold over 7 million copies worldwide with 2 million coming from the UK, where it has been certified seven-times platinum.

        It was the 26th best-selling album of the decade in the United Kingdom. It is among the top 25 longest charting albums in the history of the UK Albums Chart, with 247 weeks, more than four -and-a-half years.

        TRACK LISTING

        Side 1
        1. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
        2. Mr. Brightside 
        3. Smile Like You Mean It 
        4. Somebody Told Me 
        5. All These Things That I've Done 

        Side 2
        1. Andy, You're A Star 
        2. On Top 
        3. Glamorous Indie Rock And Roll
        4. Believe Me Natalie 
        5. Midnight Show 
        6. Everything Will Be Alright 

        The Killers

        Battle Born

          One of the biggest bands on the planet are back! With 5 million albums sold in the UK to date, The Killers return with ‘Battle Born’ – their first studio album since 2008’s million selling ‘Day & Age’. The highly anticipated new album has all the sonic characteristics expected from world class rock band and promises the same excitement and energy invoked by ‘Hot Fuss’ back in 2004.

          The Killers

          Sam's Town

            The second album from The Killers, which sees them shift to a slightly rockier style, has been produced by the band with the legendary production team of Flood and Alan Moulder.

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            These Bones Will Rise To Love You Again

              "These Bones Will Rise To Love You Again", is the third installment from explosive punk-blues insurgents The Immortal Lee County Killers III. In 2004, the original duo naturally turned trio by adding new member Jeff Goodwin. Goodwin plays the fuzzed Hammond B3 organ and Rhodes electric piano via his wood-grain midi-keyboard. No longer only a punk blues band, ILCK evolved into a new animal that genre specific geek musicologists (a.k.a.'scenesters') are challenged to define.


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