Like a lot of bands these days, the Killers take the stage in jackets and ties, and like a lot of bands, they haven't thought much about how that's going to work at those scorching outdoor summer festivals.
"It could be dangerous wearing what we wear at those shows, actually," singer Brandon Flowers seemed to realize the other day. "Maybe [we'll wear] some little white shorts and some boat shoes. That might work for us. Yacht goth. Some eyeliner. There you go."
Perhaps the Killers can debut their new look at Lollapalooza on July 23 and 24 in Chicago, since the band confirmed its inclusion on the as-yet-unannounced lineup.
What's far more important to the Killers than fashion, though, is that live favorite "All These Things That I've Done" will officially be the fourth single from Hot Fuss. In fact, a video directed by photographer Anton Corbijn (U2, Nirvana) is already in the can.
"We're very excited because Anton is someone we completely admire, and he totally lived up to our expectations," said Flowers, who felt quite the opposite about the video for their third single, "Smile Like You Mean It," which was released only overseas. "He's a genius with his pictures and film, and he came up with a great concept."
As for what that concept is, Flowers gave only a vague description.
"There's a perdition world that we get sent to where we're cowboys, and that's about the most I can say about it," he said. "I think it will be fun for people. And he captures the song perfectly."
After "All These Things That I've Done," the Killers are considering releasing "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine," but in a low-key way similar to "Smile Like You Mean It," without a Stateside video or publicity push.
The band is still hoping to shoot a short film that will incorporate "Smile," "Midnight Show" and the unreleased "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf" — songs the Killers refer to as "The Murder Trilogy" (see "Killers' To-Do List: Lawsuit, Long-Form Video, Beef With The Bravery") — although time is getting tight.
"We talk about it every day; it's just a matter of timing," bassist Mark Stoermer said. "It's cutting it close now because we'd like to do it before the next album comes out."
The process is complicated by the fact that the group has a very specific actor in mind to play the killer referenced in the trilogy's title. "Whenever I see it in my head, I see James Spader killing this girl," Flowers said. "That's just how it's been since I wrote the song."
However, the Killers' priority, once their tour schedule winds down at the end of the summer, is to start the next album. The band already has 15 to 20 song ideas.
"When you're prolific you should put it out," Flowers said. "In the '60s and '70s, it was sometimes three albums a year for people. That would be ideal for us, since we love to write and play new stuff, but that's just not how it is anymore. So it'll be a good year and a half between records, but the sooner the better. We want to stick around and give people good things to listen to."
At some point, the Killers might also release a B-sides or rarities album of some of their recorded material not on Hot Fuss, but that's "way in the future," Stoermer said.
As for the immediate future, the Las Vegas foursome continues its just-launched headlining tour through mid-June, after which the Killers are crossing the pond for several British festivals and stadium concerts with U2. Like opening for Morrissey, which the Killers did earlier this year, the U2 dates are a dream come true.
"We love U2, they're kind of this perfect band to us," Flowers said. "They've been around for 26 years or something. They've maintained the same four members. They're still relevant, still important, still grabbing 17-year-old kids and keeping 45-year-old fans. They're perfect. They can do no wrong. They've got songs that will last forever. We're grateful they're having us out."
Finally, in other Killers news, a lawsuit brought on by their former drummer and his lawyers appears to have gone away. "As far as we know our lawyer has done his job, and they're scared off," Flowers said. "I think they realized they're getting [in] over their heads."