2004 was a pretty good year if you were a fan of indie rock. While Franz Ferdinand and Interpol each carved out a healthy hipster fanbase with their critically acclaimed albums, The Killers seemingly came out of nowhere with their stunning debut, entitled Hot Fuss. With a glammed-out mix of 80’s synth pop, and Las Vegas attitude, Hot Fuss scored four big singles and catapulted the band from a small club opening act to arena rock superstars in less than a year.
On their sophomore effort, 2006’s Sam’s Town, singer Brandon Flowers channeled his inner-Bono and Springsteen to create an album that was every bit as over the top as the city they came from…it was even recorded in the studio at the Palms Casino, which was no doubt a great source of inspiration when they weren’t recording. While many critics panned the album and some of their diehard fans cried foul, it was apparent from the opening drum roll of the title track that there was no Mr. Brightside Part Deux on this record.
Regardless, the band triumphed, selling out stadiums all over the world and headlining some of the biggest festivals on the planet, including 2007’s Glastonbury.
So with their third proper release (entitled Day And Age) due in time for the holiday season, we can only imagine what the Killers have in store for us next. Check out their upcoming tour dates here, and the evolution of their sound below:
Hot Fuss (2004)
Sam's Town (2006)
Day and Age (2008)