Following 2020’s Imploding the Mirage, The Killers are preparing to release their seventh studio album, titled Pressure Machine, on August 13. The “quieter, character-study-driven” record — co-produced by the band alongside previous collaborators Shawn Everett and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado — is a product of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the band to cancel their Mirage tour and left them with free time to begin work on its follow-up.
“Everything came to this grinding halt. And it was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence,” said frontman Brandon Flowers in a statement. “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.”
According to a press release, the upcoming album reflects Flowers’ experiences in the small town of Nephi, Utah, where he lived from ages 10 to 16.
“I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with,” Flowers continued. “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.”
“We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere,” drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. added of the album’s conception. “And during COVID-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere.”
Additionally, The Killers will take Pressure Machine and Imploding the Mirage to audiences across the globe in a newly announced 2022 tour. Tickets will go on sale beginning July 23 at 10 a.m. local time. Take a look at the band’s website for a full list of dates.
Watch the trailer for the band’s upcoming album, featuring comments from Nephi locals on their experience in the town, above.