The Killers are a rock band from Las Vegas
, made up of Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboard), Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals), Mark Stoermer (bass, backing vocals), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums/percussion, backing vocals). To date they have released the following albums:
- Hot Fuss (2004)
- Sam's Town (2006)
- Sawdust (2007, a compilation of B-sides)
- Day & Age (2008)
- Battle Born (2012)
- Direct Hits (2013; contains two new songs)
For an indie-rock outfit, they've been quite successful, selling 15 million albums worldwide (and with Sam's Town
hitting UK number one).
Their sound has been (very accurately) described as "more Eighties than The Eighties
." All their albums save Sam's Town
have been essentially synth-driven indie-rock, with the influence of New Wave
, particularly Duran Duran
, painfully obvious. Sam's Town
was different, but also very much Eighties, being Heartland Rock/Americana In the Style of... The Boss
, with some more synth.
The band took a break after years of touring, during which time both frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannuci, unwilling to slow down, released their own solo albums entitled Flamingo
and Big Talk
respectively. Most of the reviews agree that Flamingo
was So Okay, It's Average
, while Big Talk
was better received.
The band released Battle Born
in September 2012, nearly four years after their last album as a group.
Their music include examples of: