What happens when the world comes to a screeching halt due to a pandemic?
Well, if you’re a musician, you probably took to the recording studio to make some new music…and that’s precisely what The Killers did.
On Monday (July 19), the Las Vegas-founded band announced plans to release their seventh studio album next month.
Titled Pressure Machine, the forthcoming release is due out Aug. 13 through the band’s longtime home of Island Records.
This will mark the group’s second album to be released in a two-year time span. The band released their sixth studio album Imploding the Mirage, last August.
According to the press material that accompanied the announcement, the new set of tunes was inspired by frontman Brandon Flowers’ experience of growing up in the small town of Nephi, Utah.
“We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere,” explains drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. “And during COVID-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere.”
Continues Flowers: “I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with, 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.”
To coincide with the new album announcement, the band has released a one-minute trailer for it. The clip features snippets of different people discussing what it’s like to live in an unnamed small town. Check out the trailer above.
Last month, the group joined forces with Bruce Springsteen on a track titled “Dustland.” The track is a re-imagined version of “A Dustland Fairytale” that can be found on 2008’s Day & Age.
In support of Pressure Machine, the Killers have also unveiled their lengthy North American tour itinerary for fall 2022. The trek will include stops in many big market cities, including, San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, and (of course) their hometown of Las Vegas.
The almost two-month outing kicks off on Aug. 19, 2022, at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver and concludes on Oct. 8, 2022, at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Tickets for the upcoming tour go on sale this Friday, July 23, at 10 am local time on Ticketmaster.
The entire tour itinerary can be found below.
THE KILLERS 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
Aug. 19 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
Aug. 20 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Aug. 21 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Aug. 23 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Aug. 24 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
Aug. 26 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Aug. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
Aug. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
Aug. 31 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Sept. 8 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 9 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Sept. 10 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Sept. 13 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
Sept. 14 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sept. 16 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Sept. 17 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 18 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Sept. 20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 21 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sept. 23 – Toronto, Ontario – Scotiabank Arena
Sept. 24 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
Sept. 25 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Event Center
Sept. 29 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
Sept. 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 3 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Oct. 4 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
Oct. 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
Oct. 7 – Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center
Oct. 8 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena