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JUANITA STEIN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM WITH NEW SINGLE "FORGIVER" CO-WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY BRANDON FLOWERS OF THE KILLERS

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.”

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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.

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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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