The Killers' Imploding The Mirage - What You Need To Know
The Killers are a rock behemoth in an age where they don't really make them anymore. Their UK tour, which has naturally been shoved back to the summer of 2021, finds the band in football stadiums rather than mere arenas.
Their new studio albums are always an event. Sometimes electro-tinged and new wavey, sometimes the dust in throat Americana of Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, always an adventure.
A new one arrives in hmv stores today (August 21st), it's titled Imploding The Mirage and here is everything you need to know about it...
A little background...
The Killers' official tour in support of 2017's Wonderful Wonderful wrapped in 2018 and the band were back working away on the follow-up, but the process has wound up being quite piecemeal. Partly that's because the band have kept touring, working a US tour and a festival run that included a storming Glastonbury set in 2019, and partly because there's been some change in the camp.
Neither bassist Mark Stoermer nor guitarist Dave Keuning took part in the touring for Wonderful Wonderful, but it was expected that they would return for the next record. Stoermer has, but Keuning has gone completely.
Keuning's departure meant the band needed to turn to hired hands, something they have admitted they found extremely difficult in interviews for the album. Initial sessions with Jackknife Lee made in their native Utah were scrapped and the band moved to Los Angeles to focus on what would eventually become Imploding The Mirage.
Who's producing it?
There's an array of production talent on this record. The constants are Jonathan Rado, better known as the non-singing half of pop experimentalists Foxygen, and Shawn Everett, whose recent records include Haim, Kim Gordon and Jenny Lewis.
Alex Cameron, who helped pen five tracks on their previous LP, Wonderful Wonderful, is on one song, while Ariel Rechstaid and Stuart Price, who've both worked extensively with the band in the past, also have a track each, as does Flood, who hasn't worked with the band since Sam's Town.
Any special guests?
After Keuning's departure, there was obviously a vacancy to fill on guitars. Some of that has provided by bassist Mark Stoermer as well as Rado, but they've also drafted in some high-profile help. That comes from Adam Granduciel from the War on Drugs, Blake Mills, and, most impressively, Lindsey Buckingham, the Fleetwood Mac legend who is currently in exile from the iconic rockers.
There's some vocal help too, much-admired singer-songwriter Weyes Blood is on 'My God', and the one and only K.D. Lang is on 'Lightning Strikes'.
What does it sound like?
As we expressed above, The Killers tend to swing between two sonics. The electro-pop of Hot Fuss and Day & Age, and the widescreen rock of Sam's Town and Battle Born. On Wonderful Wonderful, things got a little more blurred, and on Imploding The Mirage, you've got the closest thing to having both worlds.
Does it deliver?
A mixture of grandiose arena rock and sharp electronics, it's a Killers album with something for everybody. Lots of it should have sounded great in football stadiums all over the UK this summer. Hang on for 2021...