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The Killers resurfaced today with a shimmery new single called “Runaways,” off their forthcoming fourth LP Battle Born — the band’s first set of new material since 2008’s Day & Age. The Rock of Ages-esque single finds the band soaring past the obvious U2 influence it’s long worn in favor of straight-up Mellencampia. Opening with lightly strummed acoustic guitar and Brandon Flowers’ distinctive dramatic vocals, “Runaways” is a boy-meets-girl story that recalls both “Jack & Diane” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” (“blond hair blowin’ in the wind / a blue-eyed girl playin’ in the sand”) before blowing up into a hook that’s begging for audiences to holding their Zippo lighter apps way above their heads. In other words, it’s classic rock set in modern times.
Battle Born arrives September 18 on Island.