THE KILLERS ANNOUNCE THEIR 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
CELEBRATING “PRESSURE MACHINE” AND “IMPLODING THE MIRAGE”
With the release of The Killers" upcoming seventh studio album, "Pressure Machine," on Island Records on August 13, the band announces their forthcoming North American tour celebrating both “Pressure Machine” and “Imploding the Mirage.” The album was co-produced by the band, Shawn Everett, and Jonathan Rado (of Foxygen), all of whom worked together on The Killers' critically-acclaimed album "Imploding The Mirage," released last year. The 30-city tour kicks off on Friday, August 19, in Vancouver, BC and includes the band's debut performance at Orlando's Amway Center on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 23 at 10 a.m. ET.
When the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the promotional run and worldwide tour for The Killers' critically-acclaimed 2020 album “Imploding the Mirage," "everything came to this grinding halt," says frontman Brandon Flowers. "And it was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence. 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." Indeed, for the first time since 2004, the relentless momentum and pressures of being in a globally-renowned, stadium-shaking band stopped. Enter “Pressure Machine"—a view into the everyday realities of a small American town with stark, harsh beauty, and The Killers' most restrained and resonant album yet.
A quieter, character-study-driven album, "Pressure Machine" lives squarely in Flowers' hometown of Nephi, Utah, a close-knit community of 5,300 people with no traffic lights, a rubber plant, wheat fields, and the West Hills. Nephi is the place Flowers spent his formative years (10-16), saying, "had it not been for advancements in the automotive industry, Nephi in the 90s could have been the 1950s."
The album's songs are based on the memories and stories of people that impacted him growing up, interspersed with commentary from current Nephi locals about their town. "We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere," says the band's drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. "And during Covid-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere." Concurs 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."
The resulting record is an aural document of growing up - and living - in the American Southwest, told from myriad perspectives. For the first time in his life, Flowers had complete lyrics before a music note was put to tape. No stranger to inhabiting different characters in songs, on “Pressure Machine," he steps into the shoes of some of the people whose lives he watched unfold as a teen. The album weaves the threads of Flowers' signature lyricism throughout his career into a perfect whole, culminating in the most elegant album The Killers have ever produced.
Through its characters and its title, the album squares up to the unbending pressure of the American dream compounded by religious disenchantment. A born optimist, moments of beauty inevitably shine out of the grief of Flowers's songs: the healing arrival of summer, the first crop of hay, sweeter skies. "Pressure Machine's" stories detail the real-life personal battles, overwhelming regrets, local tragedies, and the opioid epidemic that hit Flowers' hometown, as well as every hometown in America. Flowers sings about the choices people make, for better and for worse, and the consequences of those choices; the ones who were left behind and the ones that can't be forgotten.
"Pressure Machine's" album cover image was shot on the highway just outside Nephi, taken as photographer Wes Johnson passed a roadside inspirational display set up by a local Baptist church. Johnson took dozens of incredible images of Flowers' hometown throughout the early part of 2021, many of which are featured in the album's packaging for the physical edition.
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Click HERE to watch the album trailer.
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