About the Artist
Brandon Flowers (yes, it is his real name) had been dumped by his one previous group, a synth-pop outfit named Blush Response, when he refused to move with the rest of the band to L.A. Cruelly ditched, but inspired by seeing Oasis play, he saw that his life needed more guitars. When he clocked Dave KeuningÂs small ad in a local paper naming that band as an influence Â and what with Oasis not exactly factoring in the pasty Vegas music scene Â he took it as fate that they should be together. Brandon and Dave met Ronnie Vannucci, a photographer at the Little Chapel of Flowers and student of classical percussion at UNLV, and Mark Stoermer, who was making ends meet as a medical courier (blood, urine, the odd body part Â all glamour). In between these couldnÂt-make-it-up day-jobs (Brandon, for the record, was a bellhop at the Gold Coast Hotel; whilst Dave garnered valuable training for his current all-the-ladies-love-an-axeman dilemmas whilst enjoying trysts with lady-shoppers at his Banana Republic job) the newly-complete Killers set to writing what we can assuredly state to be one of the most exciting debut albums youÂll have heard in a very, very long time. The band came to the attention of London-based independent label Lizard King, and they made their way over to the UK for their first ever gigs outside of Las Vegas and a limited edition release of "Mr Brightside" in September 2003. Those lucky enough to catch these first London shows came away pretty much unanimously enamoured ("A head-mashingly brilliant arsenal of tunesÂ
Right now few bands are a safer bet than The Killers", glowed NME), while the groupÂs subsequent appearance at New York industry fiesta CMJ in October saw a swarm-sized buzz surround the band and a worldwide (ex-UK) deal inked with Island Records.