The Killers’ Ronnie Vanucci On The New Big Talk Album And Marrying Iggy Azalea

It takes two phone calls and some negotiating before The Killers’ class clown, Ronnie Vannucci Jr, reveals the name of his forthcoming second album as Big Talk. “It deserves a full page,” he says, derailing conversation. “It’s that good.” Speaking a week later at rehearsals in California, he procrastinates again. “Are you sure you’re sat down for this?” He inhales. “Wait, what do you think it should be called?”

The follow-up to 2011’s ‘Big Talk’ is titled – drumroll please – ‘Straight In No Kissin’’. Having first heard the cheeky Dublin phrase while The Killers were touring in Ireland, Ronnie suggested it as the name for fourth Killers album ‘Battle Born’ but his bandmates declined. “I don’t know if it means ‘we didn’t get a parking space’ or ‘the date went well’. But it’s a fucking rad title for a rocker.”

Ronnie possesses that same creative restlessness as Killers colleague Brandon Flowers. Big Talk began during Killers downtime in 2011 when he moved to Sonoma County, California, took up songwriting, and threw a band together – including guitarist Jon Konesky and bassist John Spiker, who had both played with Tenacious D. During 2013’s ‘Battle Born’ tour Ronnie decided he was ready for round two. “I didn’t have time to get drunk at night so I wrote on a guitar when I was jetlagged.” Last April, with The Killers on hiatus, Ronnie summoned the Big Talk troops, all on a break from their respective bands. The only change to the lineup came with new sticksman Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion).


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“I’ve got one of my favourite drummers on earth and three of my favourite guitarists. It’s fun! Why’s everyone so nice?” The motley crew hashed out their day-job frustrations, channelling them into Replacements-inspired rock’n’roll. The group therapy sessions were held in Ronnie’s man cave, after failed attempts vying for time at The Killers’ studio in Vegas where Brandon was recording his latest effort ‘The Desired Effect’. “I needed an excuse to spend more money, so I built a studio in my basement.”

Big Talk spent 10 months there cutting “90 per cent” of the songs as a live band. Describing himself as the “weakest link”, Ronnie explains, “I’d sling a guitar over and yell into a mic. I’m a slow adult bringing ideas to geniuses. Through osmosis I’m becoming a better guitarist and hopefully a better singer. That would do the whole world a favour.”

The reassurance boosted Ronnie’s confidence to produce, too. “I was freaked out,” he says. “Then I thought, ‘Wait, I’ve made a shit tonne of records’.” Lyrically, he knew he needed to improve. “I can’t listen to ‘Big Talk’,” he says. “It’s total horse-shit.” ‘Straight In No Kissin’’ allows Ronnie to vent his anger, which has increased with age. The Strokes-y ‘What Happened To Delisa’ and breezy ‘I’ve Been Sentimental Lately’ are about “getting burned by a fictitious woman”, whereas ‘La Rue D’Awakening’ is a response to police brutality in America. “I’m becoming more concerned with adult shit,” he explains. One song, titled ‘Hold That Line’, is inspired by a phrase his schoolteacher would yell at him. “Vannucci, better hold that line! I’m the guy who holds up the level of quality. I’m in a shit-hot band but I was raised right. I’m not about stardom bullshit. This is my open letter.”


Ronnie’s hope for ‘Straight In No Kissin’’ is that more than two people listen to it. He has a few other scratches that need itching, too. “I wanna get my own TV show and a divorce. I wanna marry a rapper. I wonder if Iggy Azalea would be into me? There’s something incredibly alluring about her.”