Indy: Your band's new release, Day & Age, is being called by many a return to the '80s-rooted danceable pop of your 2004 debut, Hot Fuss. But I've seen you say you also see elements of your second CD, Sam's Town, in the new one.
DK: Well, "A Dustland Fairytale" comes to mind as one [song] that could be on Sam's Town, and "Losing Touch," even. They have elements of what Sam's Town was ... We feel like all of this stuff is the Killers' music. I never felt like we weren't being ourselves on Sam's Town. Different things came out of us at different times.
Indy: Your singer, Brandon Flowers, of course, created a bit of a stir by saying Sam's Town was the Killers' rock album and that it was strongly influenced by Bruce Springsteen. Did that create misperceptions of the album?
DK: I never understood the Springsteen connection, really. I thought there were a couple similarities in [the song] "When You Were Young," but I thought the rest of the album was quite diverse and every song kind of spoke for itself. The press tends to take one quote and run with it.
Indy: Sam's Town was not as successful in the U.S. as Hot Fuss. That might have created some pressure in doing Day & Age. But I've seen the band say the writing and recording process was comfortable and relaxed. Why didn't you feel more pressure with this project?
DK: We know that there are a lot of expectations and stuff. But I don't think we really react negatively or positively. I think we've been doing that since the beginning. We've never struggled writing songs, so that takes a lot of the pressure off. This album, right away, we had lots of different ideas from everybody in the band for songs. I think when bands struggle is when they don't have any song ideas.
At Denver's Magness Arena, Jan. 17.
This is awesome! Excited about the new music and adventures for his year!
Thanks so much!!!
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