The Killers Unveil New Album 'Pressure Machine'
It's the band's seventh studio effort
Published Jul 19, 2021Following 2020's Imploding the Mirage, the Killers have announced another new album. Their seventh studio album, Pressure Machine, will be released on August 13 via Island Records.
The band co-produced it alongside Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado (of Foxygen), who both also worked on their last LP. As the Killers explained, they made Pressure Machine after being unable to tour their last album due to the pandemic.
"It was the first time in a long time that I was faced with silence," frontman Brandon Flowers said 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."
The resultant album is a bildungsroman of the American Southwest, situated in Flowers' hometown of Nephi, UT (population: 5,300). It promises to be a more restrained, character study-driven album that sees Flowers digging into the grief of what he experienced in his adolescence in a town without a single stoplight, which mirrored the feeling of being stuck in the middle of nowhere during lockdowns. The album explores Nephi through its people's personal struggles, including the opioid crisis, religious disenchantment and the strains of the American Dream.
"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," said Flowers.
Back in December 2020, the band posted "a list" on Instagram that we can probably safely assume is Pressure Machine's tracklist, given the title track. However, "Dustland" — the Killers' recent collaboration with Bruce Springsteen — doesn't appear.
We'll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, watch the Killers' first album trailer for Pressure Machine below.
The Killers are heading out on a 2022 North American tour, which includes multiple Canadian dates. You can see the full schedule here.
Pre-order Pressure Machine.