In 2002, four guys did what so many foursomes have done before – they formed a band. In this particular case, the gusy in question were Brandon Flowers (vocals/keyboards), David Keuning (guitar), Mark Stoermer (bass), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums), and the band they formed was the Killers.
Flowers and Keuning found each other first, in Las Vegas of all places, with "Mr. Brightside" being their first collaborative composition. Soon enough, Stoermer and Vannucci had been recruited and gigs were booked. Through a UK rep for Warner Bros. Records, London-based Lizard King Records got an earful of the Killers and snatched them up.
Relocating to London resulted in the limited release of "Mr. Brightside" and the start of a major buzz that blanketed both sides of the pond. Sight unseen, the Killers were booked to play the 2003 CMJ Music Marathon in New York. Island Records was there and signed them to a much bigger deal than Lizard King could offer.
For 2004, the Killers toured the UK as a warm up to the release of Hot Fuss in June. And so began a string of international dance-rock hits, including "Somebody Told Me," "Mr. Brightside," "Smile Like You Mean It," and "All These Things That I've Done." The album climbed all the way up to number seven on Billboard's album chart and sales of more than five million copies. Five Grammy nominations were also tacked onto the accolades.
Producers Flood and Alan Moulder were brought in for the Killers' sophomore set, the Heartland rock of 2006's Sam's Town. "When You Were Young" served as the lead single, helping the album sell over 700,000 units its first week out. Three more hit singles and two more Grammy nominations ensued.
To buy themselves some breathing room, the Killers culled a bunch of B-sides and rare tracks and dropped Sawdust in 2007. When they served up Day & Age in 2008, long gone were the musical and lyrical vestiges of Americana honored on the previous works. This one was contemporary, through and through, with elements of dance pop blended in.
Having worked with artists like Gwen Stefani and Madonna, producer Stuart Price honed a much slicker sound for the Killers. The “Human” single broke into the Top 40 to keep the Killers' streak alive. Another onslaught of touring also kept the wheels turning and resulted in Live from the Royal Albert Hall.