American indie rockers The Killers have announced details for their upcoming seventh studio album, Pressure Machine.
The LP is set to feature co-production work from Shawn Everett, who earlier this year mixed Iceage’s Seek Shelter and Lucy Dacus’ Home Video, and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. The duo had previously co-produced the band’s 2020 album Imploding the Mirage.
Pressure Machine will see the full return of guitarist and founding member Dave Keuning, who had been on hiatus from the band since the release of their fifth album Wonderful Wonderful in 2017. Keuning did not contribute to the writing or recording of Imploding the Mirage, but was recently featured on an Instagram Live video from drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. showing the band in the studio.
According to lead singer Brandon Flowers, the new album will take on a softer and more restrained sound that the band hadn’t featured on previous records, at least partially inspired by the pandemic. “It was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence,” Flowers says. “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.”
Also informing the album’s content was Flower’s upbringing in the small town on Nephi, Utah, far away from bombastic Las Vegas atmosphere that was the collective origin of The Killers. “I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with,” Flowers continues. “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.”
Check out the album’s trailer down below. Pressure Machine will be released on August 13.