Since their incredibly successful debut album entitled “Hot Fuss”, The Killers have dominated almost every subgenre of rock and alternative. They’ve toured the entire globe and have more of a worldwide following than even Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull. Their albums, ranging from “Day & Age” and “Battle Born”, have a lengthy decorated history on musical charts across the world.

 

Hailing from “beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada” as frontman Brandon Flowers charismatically states during live shows, The Killers almost capture the essence of Sin City in their music while almost telling an anthology series of stories about their hometown. Those essences are so wonderfully captured that their sophomore album, “Sam’s Town”, was named after a popular casino and resort as well as “a huge sign that was visible by band member Mark Stoermer through his room window when he was young.”

 

Their many incredible songs tell many incredible stories about a rather exciting city. One such song, “A Dustland Fairytale” is an allegory to the story of Flowers’ parents meeting and falling in love through the genius use of popular culture references such as Cinderella. While several other of their songs, such as “Smile Like You Mean It” and “When You Were Young” discuss childhoods and the sometimes tumultuous actions associated with them, other songs such as the title track off their sophomore album, “Sam’s Town” talk about as Flowers said in their classic concert at The Royal Albert Hall, “a spiritual home or physical home. A place where things are better”.

 

Along with having the honor of having the legendary Tim Burton direct their video for “Bones”, The Killers received the fantastic and very well-earned title of “the most successful rock band to ever emerge from the state of Nevada” and have accrued a combined total of 25 different awards. In terms of venues, they’ve played every type of stage, from Glastonbury and Lollapalooza to the Grand Final of The Australian Football League and even a few shows for President Barack Obama himself on the White House South Lawn.

 

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For this new album, “Wonderful, Wonderful”, The Killers took their thematic elements into a new direction. Instead of singing about home and directly about their hometown of Las Vegas, Flowers discusses the process of becoming a man and dealing with the many complicated situations that may arise. For starters, it’s a fitting overall theme given the first single from the album is entitled “The Man.”

 

The track called “Tyson vs. Douglas” details the disappointing and heart wrenching feelings that Flowers felt when seeing boxing legend Mike Tyson lose his first fight. Another track, entitled “Rut”, discusses Flowers’ wife’s struggle and battle with post traumatic stress disorder. 

 

On a more humorous note, “Have All the Songs Been Written?” is a song regarding an e-mail subject that Flowers sent to U2 frontman Bono. During a fit of writer’s block, Flowers sent an email to Bono with the subject reading exactly that and from there, Bono suggested that he turn it into a song for the album.

 

And with the tragic shooting at The Route 91 Harvest Festival in their hometown happening less than a week before their set at ACL, it was very on the minds of the band.

 

Flowers delivered a short, albeit meaningful speech about how the tragic shooting couldn’t stop people from coming together and the actions of one madman couldn’t ruin that. Although, Flowers used a different word other than “madman”. Instead, he used an expletive that features the letters “M” and “F”. It was fitting, though.

 

If you haven’t listened to “Wonderful, Wonderful”, you need to at this moment. It’s nothing short of a modern-day masterpiece.

 

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