Next week in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Killers will finally end their year-and-a-half-long world tour in support of their debut album, Hot Fuss — a tour that has helped turn them into international rock superstars and make their hometown of Las Vegas known for something other than gambling and triple-digit heat.
But just how does the band plan on spending its time off? Well, it actually sounds pretty tiring.
“We’re just looking forward to getting home, but it’s not going to be us not seeing each other or anything like that,” drummer Ronnie Vannucci said. “We can’t wait to get back into the garage, hammer out ideas for songs, go out for dinners together, work on the new album. You know, do sh– like that.”
It’s no secret that the Killers have been working the follow-up to Fuss for almost a year, whether during soundchecks (see “Killers’ To-Do List: Lawsuit, Long-Form Video, Beef With The Bravery” ) or in the middle of the night on the tour bus (see “Killers, Louis XIV Get Busy At The Back Of The Tour Bus” ). But hard-and-fast details about the new album have been scarce — until now.
“I don’t know if I’m allowed to say or not, but I think we’re going to do the album with [producers] Flood and Alan Moulder,” Vannucci said. “We’re playing around with a bunch of different ideas, and we’ll never really know what anything will sound like until they’re done. I don’t think one would be expecting to have another ’Somebody Told Me’ on the record. But who knows? It’s not done yet.”
Together and separately, Flood and Moulder have worked on some of the most influential albums of the past 15 years, including the Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Depeche Mode’s Violator and two U2 albums, not to mention almost all of Nine Inch Nails’ LPs (Moulder also mixed Hot Fuss). The Killers plan on hitting the studio with the British pair sometime in January, though there’s no tentative release date for the new album, especially since Vannucci is quick to add that they’re in no real rush to record anything.
“We want to take our time with this one, make sure everything’s right,” he said. “We’ve earned the right to do that with this album.”
An extended studio stay also means that the band — or, more precisely, frontman Brandon Flowers — will probably be able to avoid any further beef with artists on the Island Records roster. The group had a brief war of words with labelmates the Bravery a few months back, and just last week there was another feud, this one between the Killers and recent Island signees Fall Out Boy (see “Killers Get More Beef — This Time With Fall Out Boy” ). And for Vannucci, a beef-free diet would be a very good thing.
“I mean, everybody’s got an opinion, and if someone asks [Brandon] something, he’s going to say it. We don’t always agree with him, but that’s his prerogative,” he sighed. “I think this falls along the same lines. I hadn’t even heard about this thing with Fall Out Boy until a few days ago, and I still don’t get it. We got nothing against those guys at all. And I kind of like that song they’ve got [’Sugar, We’re Goin Down’]. It’s catchy.”
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