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Imploding the Mirage is out today via Island Records. Imploding the Mirage is The Killers’ sixth studio album, following 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful, and features artists such as Weyes Blood, Adam Granduciel of War On Drugs and Lucius. Recorded in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Park City, “Imploding the Mirage” also includes previously released singles “Fire in Bone” and “Caution,” which topped both the Alternative and Radio charts. It’s been a long road to the Killers’ Imploding the Mirage, with the title getting revealed in November 2019 and the release date being pushed from May until now due to the pandemic. It’s the first Killers album without founding guitarist Dave Keuning, but it does feature production from Shawn Everett and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, as well as contributions from Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Weyes Blood, the War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel, k.d. lang, Blake Mills, and Lucius.

With their May postponed new album ‘Imploding the Mirage’ is finally released today (August 21st), The Killers got in a little promo last night (August 20th) when they appeared as the musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Watch them perform ‘Blowback’ from the record below.

Taken from their forthcoming sixth album, “Imploding The Mirage”, the Vegas natives performed their recent single on the Ellen DeGeneres show via a live stream from their studio. The studio version featured former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham on guitar, and his solo is omitted from the live version performed here. Still, it’s an uplifting performance full of keys, synths and great 12-strings.

It’s only been a few days since The Killers released their luscious, soaring record, Imploding The Mirage, but the band are already cooking up new material for a new album that may see the light of day next year. In a lengthy feature with NME, the band revealed that they’ve already recorded a brand new album, which they intend to drop in 2021.

“You know when people just say that? Every time someone makes a record they say that they have 50 songs and they’re going to release another record. We really are,” explains frontman Brandon Flowers. “We’re going to release another one in about 10 months. We’ve already gone back into the studio with [producer Jonathon] Rado and Shawn [Everett, producer]. We did a week in Northern California.”

Flowers acknowledged that the lack of touring brought upon by the coronavirus pandemic has left him with “a lot of time on my hands.” Though he’s stressed that the forthcoming record won’t be a quar-album. “I’m not writing a quarantine album or anything like that,” he explained. “You kind of just start hitting your stride when you’re finishing a record. You’re writing lyrics, you’re mixing everything, you’re in it – then you go on tour. It’s interesting to not be going on tour and having any of that stuff taking up my brain. I just went right back to the piano.

“I was already exercising my song writing muscles so a lot of it came very quickly. Something powerful happened when I shut off the part of my brain that runs towards the grind and just started running towards the creative part of my brain.”

Fans can rejoice in the knowledge that the next record will certainly arrive before the bands rescheduled stadium shows, “Oh yeah, there will be another album. I’m excited. It might be better than this one.”


Juanita Stein, the Howling Bells frontwoman turned solo artist, will release a brand new single, Forgiver on 13th April. (impacts 1 June). The single was co-written and produced by Brandon Flowers while Juanita was on tour with The Killers in Northern Europe this February.

Forgiver is the first taster of Stein’s upcoming second album, Until The Lights Fade, which will be released by Nude Records on 31st August. Says Stein of the song, “I remember wanting it to feel swaggering and wise, just like she is in the song. She a knowing seductress and he an endearing fool, completely at her mercy. It’s only once we get to the chorus that she shows any kind of vulnerability.”
“I’d written the bones of the song a while ago and began working on it again on the EU leg of the Killers tour. I’d managed to get Brandon to hear the song as was, with the intention of seeing if he could maybe help take it somewhere, and he ended up not only co-writing, but also producing the track, which we were able to record backstage during those last few days on the road.  I loved the spontaneity of the recording. As with the album itself, everything unfolded very instinctively.”


Forgiver is the first taster of Stein’s upcoming second album, Until The Lights Fade, which will be released by Nude Records on 31st August.

The Killers

The Killers have dropped a new album the first track to premier was, ‘Run For Cover’, along with a few more details of the record it’s taken from, their fifth album Wonderful Wonderful.

We now know that the album, produced by Jacknife Lee and recorded at the band’s own Vegas studio, released through Island Records, and the album art and tracklist includes some choice remixes from Duke Dumont and Jacques Lu Cont.

The lead single “The Man” unveiled  a month before release, featured Brandon Flowers letting us in on the extent of his ego – after all, he did claim The Killers were the best band of the last 15 years, so we know he’s not short on confidence.

Being grandiose in ironic times ensures that The Killers will always have doubters. Those folks are missing the unapologetic peaks of Wonderful Wonderful. Producer Jacknife Lee provides the luscious gloss, while Brandon Flowers pushes every melody to the rafters so he can hang out up there with Bono. “The Man” expertly mimics Freddie Mercury’s cheeky bravado, while “Rut” soars out of one via the strength of its will. Mark Knopfler and Woody Harrelson make appearances, because, why not, and the closing track somehow overcomes the Manilow-esque title “Have All The Songs Been Written?” Grandiose, yes, but mostly plain grand.

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After a break of five long years, The Killers are returning with a new record, titled Wonderful Wonderful, and have revealed the first single overnight.

Premiering on Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1, ‘The Man’ is actually the second track we’ve heard from the album so far, with another named ‘Run For Cover’ being unveiled live recently.

There’s no word on a release date as of yet (it’s simply “soon-to-be completed”), just the news that producers Jacknife Lee and Stuart Price came on board for the album, and it’s “shaping up to be their most sonically forward-thinking record yet; an LP bursting with all of the blazing choruses and arena-filling anthems”.

Sounds like a familiar formula for any Killers fans, who have had to content themselves in recent years with a greatest hits compilation and frontman Brandon Flowers 2015 solo LP The Desired Effect.

The Man – The Killers
Written by: Flowers, Stoermer, Lee, Bell, Bell, Brown, Nash, Smith, Westfield, Mickens, Boyce, Thomas

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