The Killers new album, 'Pressure Machine,' is a deep look at small-town dysfunction : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Every recent flash of inspiration seemed to drive singer Brandon Flowers towards that small community, with its modern-day problems.

The Killers new album, 'Pressure Machine,' is a deep look at small-town dysfunction

The Killers on World Cafe

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1062169370/1062384344" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Killers Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist

The Killers

Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist

Set List

  • "Runaways" 
  • "Quiet Town"
  • "Cody"
  • "Dustland"

The Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers found himself thinking about his childhood home of Nephi, Utah, a place he left for Las Vegas decades ago, but recently returned to. Every recent flash of inspiration seemed to drive him towards that small community, with its modern-day problems.

The result is The Killers latest album, Pressure Machine, a deeply moving account of Flowers' experience in Nephi that's unafraid to shine a light on the dark corners he visited there. But it is, ultimately, an album of hope. We spoke to Brandon Flowers and Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci about realizing the vision of Pressure Machine, what life is like in the Nephi and the unexpected way Bruce Springsteen inspires the band.

Episode Playlist