The Killers

The Killers Sam’s Town (Island; October 2006) The Killers - Sam's Town killers%20cover.jpg

Before its release, The Killers front-man Brandon Flowers declared the band’s sophomore effort, Sam’s Town, to be “one of the best albums in the past 20 years.” His conviction nearly had fans convinced, that is, until their new single “When You Were Young,” began playing on the radio, and everyone did a double take when they realized they weren’t listening to a Coldplay B-side. Inflated egos aside, Sam’s Town has broken some new ground and taken a new direction from their debut Hot Fuss. killers%202.jpg The group seems to have traded in its previously established dance-rock sound for a new-wave style of ‘80s electroclash that buzzes with some charming synths. Tracks like “Where the White Boys Dance” and “Uncle Jonny” are overtly reminiscient of Springsteen and other ‘80s giants. The stylistic leap is commendable, but The Killers may have abandoned a perfectly fine ship by leaving behind dance-rock.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Montecito Pushes Back on Streamlined Rebuild Process

Not so fast with fast-track rebuilding, leaders tell the county

St. George Files Suit Against Gelb for Unpaid Debt

Pair of Isla Vista landlords in legal tussle over property sales costs.

Thousands of Plaintiffs Added to Refugio Oil Spill Case

Litigation follows footsteps of 1969 Union Oil spill attorneys.

Push Comes to Shove Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health

County supervisors confront too many needs with not enough money.

Helicopter Hits Electrical Wires, Starts Small Fire

A crop duster hit power lines in Ellwood Canyon.