The Killers recently released a new single, “Caution,” from their upcoming album, Imploding The Mirage, which is due out on May 29 via Island.
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, frontman Brandon Flowers said, “It’s sort of about having the wherewithal to listen to that angel on your shoulder, even if they’re telling you something that you don’t want to hear.”
“And I think for me with this song was a lot about leaving Las Vegas. I was having this sort of hunch or impression that that was something that I was supposed to do for my family,” he added. “And so it was tough for me to leave, and I thought I was able to harness that energy and there was a sort of a relief when it happened, and you kind of feel that the spirit in ‘Caution,’ I feel like.”
Drummer Ronnie Vannucci said the chance to work with Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham for “Caution” was an experience to witness.
“He did all the sort of famed tricks where we were recording to tape, so we slowed the tape at half speed or quarter speed, and then he did guitar playing,” Vannucci said. “And so that’s how you get those sort of crystal-ly high tinkle sounds. And then he just slayed a solo at the very end of it.”
“And at that time, the song, we didn’t really have an ending for it, so it just kind of went on,” he added. “But his solo was just too good. So we just made the ending as long as his solo. So that’s why it’s so long.”
The Killers also revealed details about Imploding The Mirage, which is their first album since Wonderful Wonderful in 2017.
The band co-produced the album with Shawn Everett and Foxygen‘s Jonathan Rado. It features collaborations with top artists including, k.d. lang, Blake Mills, Lucius, Weyes Blood‘s Natalie Mering, and the War on Drugs‘ Adam Granduciel, the band said.
Last year, the band headlined Glastonbury and unveiled a Spike Lee-directed video for “Land of the Free,” a one-off single.
The band is set to go on the biggest global tour of their career this year.
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