Biography

The story of an American rock band The Killers begins in 2001, when its future leader Brandon Flowers abandoned a synth pop group known as Blush Response. Shortly after, Flowers attended an Oasis concert and decided to create a true hard rock band. But it was not easy for him because everebody thought ex-poper couldn't play rock. But at last he got aquainted with Dave Keuning and his two friends, so they began rehearsing. Soon after Keuning's fellows were replaced by Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. The last two also abandoned their bands, as the Flowers himself. Vannucci said, that when he was entering the band, it was "very green and their fan base was scarce, and there was a lot of work to be done to become a polished act". The Killers played their first gig as the new band at a club in Los Vegas called The Junkyard. It was a hard time for the musicians – Vannucci sold his house to get some money, the group had no place to rehearse so they had to sneak into the University of Nevada's (where Vannucci was attending college) music rooms in order to practice. But little by little the group started to attract attention from the producers, and at last their demo record was heard by the oweners of the UK indie label Lizard King. As a result, The Killers got a chance to record their first album, Hot Fuss. The album was realesed in June 2004.

The Killers had a great success with their singles Somebody Told Me, Mr. Brightside, All These Things That I've Done, escpecially in the UK. The second disk, Sam's Town, was released on October 2006. Flowers himself described it as "one of the most experimental works of the past twenty years". Though the disk and the first single When You Were Young have received a mixed response from critics and fans, the first two albums have sold in excess of 9,000,000 copies. The music video for the second single, Bones, was made by famous director Tim Burton. The Killers themselves state that the main authorites for them are Oasis and Smashing Pumpkins. Their songs are usually described as a rock based on the music of the 1980s, particularly New Wave. Flowers says that The Killers have taken something from a large variety of artists, including Joy Division, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Dire Straits, Mayfield, David Bowie, The Smiths, Morrissey, Depeche Mode, U2, Queen, Oasis and The Beatles. The Killers' second album was said to be greatly influenced by Bruce Springsteen's music and lyrics.

The compilation album called Sawdust was released in November 2007. It contained B-sides, rarities, and some new material, for example, the song Tranquilize – a collaboration with Lou Reed. The Killers also promised to realese a Christmas single Don't Shoot Me Santa on December 1, 2007. Flowers said the band was about to make more dance-oriented records in the years to come. Soon, the listeners were able to hear what he meant by that. In 2008, The Killers delivered a solid long player under the title Day & Age. That was a very tuneful and energetic album to please both critics and audience. In 2008, The Killers delivered a solid long player under the title Day & Age. That was a very tuneful and energetic album to please both critics and audience. In 2009 the musicians released their first live album. The material for Live From The Royal Albert Hall was recorded during the band’s performances in legendary Royal Albert Hall in London.

Studio Albums

The Killers, Don't Waste Your Wishes mp3Don't Waste Your Wishes
2016
  • Indie Rock
  • Pop Rock
The Killers, Battle Born mp3Battle Born
Having rested from one another, The Killers members got together on the mother soil to record the first album of American music
2012
  • Pop/Rock
The Killers, Day & Age mp3Day & Age
The US pop rock band The Killers recorded the third studio attempt Day & Age. One can speak about this tuneful disc for a long time, but one thing is obvious - Day & Age is the best band’s work for now
2008
  • Indie Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Synth Pop
The Killers, Sam's Town mp3Sam's Town
Having preserved outstanding vocals and flawless instrumental background The Killers has improved its arrangements and worked on the structure of the album quite carefully. Music on Sam's Town reminds the rock of the 1980s
2006
  • Indie Pop
  • Pop/Rock
  • Symphonic Rock
The Killers, Hot Fuss mp3Hot Fuss
Las Vegas foursome The Killers introduce a perfectly tailored new wave-induced art rock sound on their debut, Hot Fuss. Sounding like the bastard child of Simon LeBon and Robert Smith, lead singer Brandon Flowers covers some lyrical ground including
2004
  • New Wave
  • Pop/Rock
  • Synth Pop

EP

The Killers, (RED) Christmas EP mp3(RED) Christmas EP
2011
  • Pop/Rock

Compilation albums

The Killers, Direct Hits mp3Direct Hits
2013
  • Indie Rock
  • Britpop
The Killers, Sawdust mp3Sawdust
Sawdust includes mainly B-Sides and songs heard rarely on The Killers' concerts including a few covers together with some new material that will surprise a lot in the respect of style in which one can trace more danceable tendencies
2007
  • Indie Rock