Win tickets to the Killers
In support of their fourth studio album Battle Born, the Killers return to Vancouver with special guests Tegan and Sara at the Pacific Coliseum on December 3.
Battle Born was named after the words emblazoned on the Nevada state flag and shares its name with the band's recording studio. The album is everything Killers fans have waited for since the band announced they would be taking a short hiatus at the start of 2010.
The Vegas-based four-piece band—Brandon Flowers (vocals/keyboards), Dave Keuning (guitars), Mark Stoermer (bass), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums)—toured for 18 months straight in support of Day & Age, playing shows in some of the world's most prestigious venues—Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden—to headlining massive festivals in every corner of the globe. By the time this run ended, the band had sold over 15 million copies worldwide of their previous albums, Hot Fuss, Sam's Town, and Day & Age, and had become one of the world's biggest rock ‘n' roll bands in the process. Yet, they found themselves at a crossroads: nearly seven consecutive years of recording, releasing an album, and touring had left them ready to take time off. In the ensuing hiatus, three of four Killers members released solo albums to critical accolades, each showing their own musical roots. Then, in 2011, the band made their first live appearance in over a year, headlining the inaugural Lollapalooza festival in Chile. The magic was undeniable; what the Killers did best, they did best together. Days later, they found themselves back in their studio—Battle Born—once more.
The songs came out quickly, starting with the album's rousing lead single "Runaways", followed by the record's heart-string-tugging, emotional gravity-center "Here With Me" and the electro-rock "Flesh & Bone". By the time the band had satisfactorily refined the body of songs, they put together a dream team of producers, recording with as many as possible and trying new things with each. The list of those involved was a who's who of the production world, including Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Stuart Price, and Brendan O'Brien.
The process of working with so many of music's finest sound sculptors benefited the Killers in the end, giving them a keener understanding of their own sound. The resulting album is the Killers at their greatest. Battle Born incorporates elements of each of the records that came before it—Hot Fuss' storytelling eye for detail, the yearning, mythic American rock ‘n' roll of Sam's Town, the anthematic choruses and pop songs of Day & Age, while still sounding like an entirely new path for the band. It's an album written with the live audience in mind. The guitars are heavier, the drums more powerful, the vocals more commanding, all sounding quintessentially Killers while sounding bigger and better than ever before. It is an album that, like its namesake and the band that created it, does not back down from its own strength.
- A pair of tickets to the show on December 3 at the Pacific Coliseum
Contest Deadline: November 28, 2012 • Event Date: December 3, 2012