We can’t promise that it’ll be “one of the best albums in the past 20 years,” feature a duet with Lou Reed or inspire a whole new round of rather petty feuds between guys wearing eyeliner , but we can tell you that the Killers are hard at work on the follow-up to 2006’s Sam’s Town, and that the album is tentatively scheduled to hit stores in November.
That’s according to a pair of sources with the band’s label, Island Records, who told MTV News that Brandon Flowers and company are currently holed up in their brand-new Las Vegas studio (not the plush Studio at the Palms, where they recorded Sam’s), putting the finishing touches on the as-yet-untitled album.
The sources added that Stuart Price — a.k.a. Jacques Lu Cont/ Madonna’s musical cohort / the guy who did that really excellent remix of the Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” — is producing the disc, something that bassist Mark Stoermer alluded to last year when talking to MTV News about the album, which was in its fledgling stages.
“We’ve got some new songs, but there’s a long way to go before they’re ready for an album,” Stoermer said at the time. “So far, they’re different than Sam’s Town, but nothing that we write surprises me. Some are a bit stripped down for us — whatever that means. Some have the vibe of [Jacques Lu Cont’s] ‘Thin White Duke Remix’ of ‘Mr. Brightside.’ We talk about what we want for the album, but inevitably, it always gets away from us.”
According to Island, there are no song titles available at the moment, though in a June interview with Q magazine, Flowers mentioned a track called “Tidal Wave,” which he described as “a pop song in the vein of ‘Drive-In Saturday’ by David Bowie. It’s also a bit like ‘I Drove All Night’ by Roy Orbison.”
Fueling all this new-album hype is a “fan-club only” show the Killers have just announced, set to take place Tuesday night (July 29) at New York’s Highline Ballroom. A source at Island said that the band will use the set to test out some material from the forthcoming record.