One of a few 21st century rock bands to achieve, and keep, arena status. To this day, the quartet has released five studio albums – all of which have reached the number one spot in the UK, making The Killers the first international act to do so. Early next year there’s a new album coming out titled Imploding The Mirage, the follow-up to Wonderful Wonderful, their first album to top the US Billboard 200. Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr have always managed to combine influences from synth-pop (Depeche Mode, Duran Duran) and roots-rock (Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen), and along the way they’ve found what we now know as the distinctive sound of The Killers.
The Killers formed in Las Vegas in 2001 after Brandon Flowers had attended an Oasis concert and realized his calling was to be in a rock band. Their debut album Hot Fuss in 2004 brought them immediate mainstream success, and they’re no less popular these days. Last year Brandon Flowers told NME: ”We’re still growing. We have done a lot of things and encompassed a lot of things that I never thought I have a chance or any business in doing. It’s been incredible so far but it just kind of keeps coming. So, I don’t know. I don’t have a list of things in my pocket of things that I’d like to check off, but a lot of things have happened that have been kind of miraculous.”