Mondays in the summer are usually full of surprises, but here’s one that caught us a bit off-guard: The Killers announced today they will release a new album next month, the Las Vegas band’s seventh studio effort, titled Pressure Machine. It’s the follow-up to last year’s Imploding the Mirage, it was co-produced by the band, Shawn Everett, and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, and it’s out August 13 via EMI. Watch a trailer for the LP down below.
The album took shape during the down time created by COVID-19, when The Killers’ worldwide tour and promotional run for Imploding the Mirage were postponed by the pandemic.
“Everything came to this grinding halt,” says Killers frontman Brandon Flowers. “And it was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence. And out of that silence this record began to bloom, full of songs that would have otherwise been too quiet and drowned out by the noise of typical Killers records.”
Pressure Machine is billed as a character-study-driven album, “a view into the everyday realities of a small American town with a stark, tough beauty,” according to a release, with a focus on Flowers’ hometown of Nephi, Utah, population 5,300, where he spent ages 10 to 16. “We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere,” says drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. “And during COVID-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere.”
Adds Flowers: “Had it not been for advancements in the automotive industry, Nephi in the ’90s could have been the 1950s… many memories of my time in Nephi are tender. But the ones tied to fear or great sadness were emotionally charged. I’ve got more understanding now than when we started the band, and hopefully I was able to do justice to these stories and these lives in this little town that I grew up in.”
The Killers will be taking both albums out on a North American tour for 2022, and tickets for the shows below go on sale this Friday (July 23) at 10 a.m. via the band’s website.
The Killers 2022 North American tour dates: August 19, 2022: Vancouver BC, Rogers Arena August 20, 2022: Seattle WA, Climate Pledge Arena August 21, 2022: Portland OR, Moda Center August 23, 2022: San Francisco CA, Chase Center August 24, 2022: San Diego CA, Pechanga Arena August 26, 2022: Las Vegas NV, T-Mobile Arena August 27, 2022: Los Angeles CA, Banc of California Stadium August 30, 2022: Salt Lake City UT, Vivint Arena August 31, 2022: Denver CO, Ball Arena September 8, 2022: Houston TX, Toyota Center September 9, 2022: Austin TX, Moody Center September 10, 2022: Fort Worth TX, Dickies Arena September 13, 2022: Miami FL, FTX Arena September 14, 2022: Orlando FL, Amway Center September 16, 2022: Atlanta GA, State Farm Arena September 17, 2022: Nashville TN, Bridgestone Arena September 18, 2022: St. Louis MO, Chaifetz Arena September 20, 2022: St. Paul MN, Xcel Energy Center September 21, 2022: Chicago IL, United Center September 23, 2022: Toronto ON, Scotiabank Arena September 24, 2022: Montreal QC, Bell Centre September 25, 2022: Verona NY, Turning Stone Event Center September 29, 2022: Washington DC, Capital One Arena September 30, 2022: New York NY, Madison Square Garden October 1, 2022: New York NY, Madison Square Garden October 3, 2022: Boston MA, TD Garden October 4, 2022: University Park PA, Bryce Jordan Center October 6, 2022: Pittsburgh PA, Petersen Events Center October 7, 2022: Cleveland OH, Wolstein Center October 8, 2022: Detroit MI, Little Caesars Arena