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The Killers: I Feel It In My Bones

ADVENT DAY SIX: Christmas. It’s not long away. And to celebrate advent, new content will be added to this blog every day in the countdown to the big day. You’ll see reviews, opinion pieces, links to some of my other work, videos – maybe even a short story! Remember to check back every day (in between the mad rush of packing presents, getting the freezer stocked up and watching Home Alone on repeat).

Yesterday, I gave you a taste of yesteryear, with The Killers’ Don’t Shoot Me Santa. Today, I bring you back to 2012 and their sequel, I Feel It In My Bones.

Their former tour manager, Ryan Pardey, returns as the bad Santa, and The Killers are back on his ‘naughty’ list.

It’s actually their seventh consecutive Christmas song, starting with 2006’s A Great Big Sled, while last year’s release, Boots, could also be downloaded with the others as an EP. The proceeds from those seven songs go to raise money for the AIDs charity, (RED).

I Feel It In My Bones

Drummer, Ronnie Vannucci, told NME:

It was an idea we had and a demo we recorded when we working on Battle Born and it was so good… See what we do is we tend to make all these songs and then put them in a locker and find them way too late. This song was basically started a while back and we just finished it and changed it into more of a Christmas song. It was mixed by Alan Moulder; he did it when we were over in the UK a couple of weeks ago.

It’s been a great year for The Killers, with their album, Battle Born, reaching #1, and a sell-out tour that foreshadows a Wembley gig next year.

Fingers crossed that after touring, they’ll begin work on their next studio album!

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Blog Advent - 2012

 

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Review: The Killers – Runaways

It’s been over two years since The Killers announced they were going on hiatus at the end of their Day & Age Tour, but the band is back with Runaways, their first non-Christmas single since 2009’s A Dustland Fairytale.

To some, it may not seem like nearly four years since Day & Age was released, with three Christmas singles available to download – and proceeds going to charity, Product Red – a concert on the White House’s South Lawn as part of 2010’s Independence Day celebrations; and a few solo efforts. But to their die-hard fans, it’s been forever since their last album. So what’s comeback single, Runaways, actually like?

The band’s decision to release a song that both echoes the past and the future is a clever move; Runaways is reminiscent of their second album, Sam’s Town, and sums up their style perfectly, while lead singer, Brandon Flowers, has told Billboard that it “definitely has a couple of ‘brothers’ on [upcoming album, Battle Born].” It certainly appeals to the fans who’ve longed to hear that familiar Killers vibe again, as they continue their pop-inspired rock anthems.

A gentle beginning harks back to Flowers’ own hit-single, Crossfire – even though Runaways was apparently written before it – while others have likened it to their last release, The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball; Runaways certainly runs in the same vein of these fun-but-beautiful songs (and I think I heard a bit of Brandon’s Swallow It in there too!).

Never shying away from their influences, The Killers’ tale of a doomed marriage is akin to Springsteen’s Born to Run. The synth-feel of Day & Age is also represented in the keyboard backing – but much of it is drowned out by the elating heartbeat that builds up through the chorus, a drumbeat vibrating like the road markings glimpsed in the video (directed by Warren Fu).

There are lots of memorable lines for fans to sink their teeth into – I swore on the head of our unborn child that I could take care of the three of us/ But I got the tendency to slip when the nights get wild – proving that Brandon’s skill with crafting layered, heart-felt lyrics is just as good as when Somebody Told Me and Mr. Brightside hit the radio in 2004.

Runaways initially seemed a bit like Marmite, but many opinions have changed into something very favourable – readers of Rolling Stone magazine even chose it as the best song of the summer – so maybe it’s a bit of a ‘grower.’ Certainly after two or three listens, the epic beat and smooth lyrics will be bleeding into your head.

If it is Marmite, I know which side I’m on.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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