Beyond the hits CD — and Christmas In LA, the Killers’ eighth festive charity single — the band will take a breather. Brandon is working on a solo album, but he assures me that he will return to the group when the time is right.
“This is the end of something,” he says. “Maybe we have become too comfortable. I’ll do my solo stuff and then come back to give The Killers a kick in the pants.”
Two words; Steve Albini.
The Killers are a fantastic live band. Their hits shake stadiums, and even their deep cuts, which can be weak on record, sound great and earn a response. They have never made an album that captures that energy; the band has made good albums, but they haven’t maxed out their potential.
Steve Albini tends to record bands live, all at once. His straightforward approach pushes bands to write and play their best. He’s a kick in the pants, embodied.
(Wouldn’t this be worth it just to hear Ronnie as recorded by Steve Albini, if nothing else? Even if the songs weren’t good? Yes is the correct answer.)
I’d love to hear a lean, raw, aggressive Killers album. Let the rhythm section wail, lots of guitars, only the keys that Brandon can play while singing, minimal overdubs. I want to hear the Killers album that Drew could appreciate. I think they have it in them.
Killers & Albini in 2014! USA! USA!