At 389 weeks, the Killers’ Mr Brightside holds the record for the most weeks in the UK singles chart – but the song’s popularity hasn’t eclipsed the band who made it, who are gearing up to their second best-of compilation. To mark it, frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci will be answering your questions.
The Killers originated in Las Vegas in 2001 when lead singer Brandon Flowers was let go from the synth-pop group Blush Response. After attending an Oasis concert at the Hard Rock Hotel, Flowers realized his passion for being in a rock band. To perfect their sound, the group would sneak into the music practice rooms at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and wrote and rehearsed most of the songs for their first album, Hot Fuss, released in 2004.
The group’s music combines elements of pop and rock, drawing inspiration from the driving beat of New Order, the cinematic Americana of Bruce Springsteen, and other grand musical influences. They have gained a devoted following in the UK, with seven consecutive albums reaching the top of the charts and hit singles like “Somebody Told Me” and “Human.” Their success has also taken them to headline shows at iconic venues such as Madison Square Garden, Wembley Stadium, Coachella, and Glastonbury festival (twice in 2007 and 2019), and they have toured extensively in over 50 countries. After twenty years in the industry, the band is now releasing a new compilation album, Rebel Diamonds (available December 8), which will feature 20 tracks including their latest single, “Spirit.”
Please leave a comment below with any inquiries regarding the band’s career and music by Friday, December 1st. The band’s responses will be featured in the December 15th edition of the Guardian’s Film & Music section, as well as online.