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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.

  • "We've never struggled writing songs, so that takes a lot of the pressure off."

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