I didnít need to come all the way to London to see a band from Las Vegas but it seems our boys The Killers are buzzing up their own little storm on this side of the pond. BBC 6 Music is already supporting them, the legendary Steve Lamacq is on board, and NME and XFM are part of the early adopter crew, as well. The quartet was in town for a series of four gigs and I caught their second show of the set, at the Barfly in Camden
Doppelgangers ahoy exist in The Killers. The drummer looks like George W., the bassist looks like a far less asocial Nikolai Fraiture and the guitarist is a dead ringer for Jason Patric circa Lost Boys. No good reference point for the singer yet, but give me time. The Killers ripped through about eight songs in their 35 minute set, weaving ë80s-inflected musical tapestries, pairing quirky synth lines with squalling guitar bits and a wholly Duran Duran-like vibe. Their set was strong and building upwards to the finale, their debut single, ìMr. Brightside.î Wow. This is a hell of a song, mixing the feel of ìItís A Muggs Gameî by Soft Cell with the lyrical content of Rialtoís ìMonday Morning 5:19.î Itís early days yet for The Killers, but if they already have a song like ìMr. Brightsideî under their belt the ascendancy into the publicís awareness could be much faster than anyone expected.