The Killers return with Pressure Machine
Album inspired by Brandon Flowers' hometown of Nephi, Utah
The Killers return with their seventh studio album Pressure Machine. The album is about the small town of Nephi, Utah where Brandon Flowers spent his youth. The songs are extremely personal and cover a spectrum of emotions in connection to growing up in a rural setting. One track features a collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers. Their classic song "Mr. Brightside" has logged more than five years on the U.K. Official Singles Chart and all six of their prior studio albums have hit the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.
"I discovered this grief that I hadn't dealt with," Flowers, the band's frontman said in a statement. "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."
In addition to the Nephi inspiration, Flowers noted that Pressure Machine was a product of circumstance, as the band could not tour due to the pandemic. "It was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence," he said. "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."