The Killers Offer Inside Look at New Album, Wonderful Wonderful
The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci recently offered a behind-the-scenes look at the band’s forthcoming album, Wonderful Wonderful, slated for release in September. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Flowers credited producer Jacknife Lee with bringing fresh ideas to the group’s arrangements.
“We have a lot of similar influences, but he’s also really aware of what’s happening now,” says the Killers’ frontman. “He’s constantly buying records and applying things to our music that we haven’t done before.”
Flowers and Vannucci cited a couple of examples of how Lee helped them approach the material in unconventional ways. “The Man,” the lead single, was composed around a Kool & the Gang sample recast by the band using “old school” recording techniques. For the title track, Lee recorded Vannucci drumming to the sound of old funk records played on a boom box, and then folded those tracks into the song’s rhythm section.
“There was a lot of experimentation,” observes Vannucci, who says the challenge for The Killers was how to move forward, musically, while keeping their core style intact. “How do we make a rock record and make it honest and true and have passion but make it different?” he says, summing up the group’s overarching goal.
Still, notwithstanding the emphasis on pushing forward, The Killers did pause to look back last fall, when they celebrated the 10th anniversary of their landmark second album, Sam’s Town, with two shows. Flowers says playing those shows served a secondary purpose as well.
“Playing those gigs, I realized how cohesive an idea [Sam’s Town] was,” he says. “That reminded us that we really want to make a record here, not just slap a bunch of songs together…. I think we’ve done it again on this album. It’s the closest thing we’ve done to Sam’s Town