Having been culled from odd jobs all over Las Vegas, ranging from a medical courier to a clerk at Banana Republic, forming a successful band was a vast lifestyle improvement for the members of The Killers. With a sound straight out of the heyday of New Order, vocalist Brandon Flowers and company arrived on the music scene officially in 2003 after a series of recording and practicing mishaps ranging from being in an earthquake to their tour plane hitting a substantial air pocket and freefalling on their way back from a brief tour in the UK. They lived to tell the tale, however, and the result was their much-acclaimed debut album, which squeaked out in June 2004. The band are currently deep in promotion of the album, including touring, TV stops and video shoots.
They've been compared to The Strokes, but we don't see it at all; Las Vegas's Killers have more in common with Europe's Franz Ferdinand in terms of melodies and mood. Their sound is large and evocative of blended elements of techno and straightforward indie, where, thematically, their themes are all over the place. Hits like "Somebody Told Me" and the extremely catchy "Mr. Brightside" have given the band some radio time, while amazing b-sides like "Under the Gun" show that the band's talent isn't just reserved for the singles. Hot Fuss just came out in June and we already can't wait for the follow-up. These bad boys also tour all the time and have and their fan base continues to grow as they make stops in each city.