Not Fuss: Western Education preview their Halloween set as The Killers


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Yeah sure, the world around us is burning. But this Halloween, Vanyaland has decided to look on the Brightside, mister.

Our latest HalloVVeen party descends on Hojoko in Boston this Tuesday (October 31), and kicking things off are one of our most inspired Halloween pairings ever: Western Education performing as The Killers.

It’s no secret that the Lowell alt-rock band is inspired by Brandon Flowers and the boys, and you can hear traces of that early Killers sound in the band’s catalog, from their remarkable 2014 debut album Let Your Secrets Out to last year’s Restless Dreams LP.

“The Killers were the band that got me into music,” says frontman Greg Alexandropoulos. “I was about 12 years old when ‘Somebody Told Me’ came out. I remember waiting in front of the TV every morning for VH1 to play the music video. They sparked my music taste and were my first favorite band. Also, watching their 2005 Glastonbury performance was a big influence on my life — It was my first exposure to how massive and powerful music can be.”

Western Education have certainly read a lot of Killers comparisons in reviews of their music, and now have embraced it full-tilt. At least for one night.

“I was always hesitant to cover The Killers before this,” Alexandropoulos adds. “If we were going to do it — we wanted to go all-in and really do the songs justice. We’ve been closely tied to the Boston scene for a few years and thought this would be a really great time to do a cover show event. Halloween gives us the appropriate opportunity to have a little fun: Dress like them, act like them, and really put on an entertaining show. The suits will be fancy, the makeup will be glossy, and you can expect to hear a few surprises. We will be dishing out all the big favorites as well as some select album cuts.”

Get a quick preview of their show via Soundcloud, courtesy of Alexandropoulos and his synths.

VANYALAND HALLOVVEEN WITH CONTACT AS THE CURE, THE KILLERS AS WESTERN EDUCATION, AND THE CLLCTV DJs :: Tuesday, October 31 at Hojoko, 1271 Boylston St. in Boston, MA :: 8 p.m., all ages, no cover with RSVP :: RSVP page :: Facebook event page