Confirming the suspicions of many fans, The Killers tonight announced plans to release their first Best-Of – titled ‘Direct Hits’ – on November 11.
The 15-song compilation will feature two brand new songs – ‘Just Another Girl’, which sees the band reunite with longtime collaborator Stuart Price, and ‘Shot At The Night’, which will be released as a single on November 4, and is produced by M83’s Anthony Gonzalez. Deluxe versions of the album will include a demo version of ‘Mr Brightside’ and a Calvin Harris remix of ‘When You Were Young’. Click above to listen to ‘Shot At The Night’.
Speaking exclusively to NME, frontman Brandon Flowers said that releasing a Best Of was another significant milestone for the band, who recently played Wembley Stadium.
He said: “This record feels like a great way to clean everything up and move onto the next thing.” He also revealed that ‘Direct Hits’ has been under discussion since the start of the year, although the prospect of writing new songs for the record “sort of thew me for a curveball. I’m always writing, it’s like second nature to me now, but I’m always analysing what I’ve got, and doubts can start creeping into your head. But I’m really happy with the songs we’ve got to add to the list.”
Flowers also spoke about working with Anthony Gonzalez on ‘Shot At The Night’, a song which NME was given a sneak preview of back in June, though it had not yet been confirmed as the band’s next single. M83 supported The Killers on their ‘Day & Age’ tour in 2008, and the two bands have remained close, with Flowers saying that Gonzalez was “up at the top of the list” of producers the band had been wanting to work with.
“He’s one of these new skool producers,” said Flowers. “He’s a technical wizard, but you can’t discount his musicality. A lot of people do, because of the involvement of computers, but he’s a real musician, too. He and Stuart Price may be known for working on the digital side of things, but they’re also two of the most musical guys I’ve ever met.”
The timing of the album’s announcement is also significant, coming 10 years to the day since The Killers played their first UK show at London’s Dublin Castle.
“We were so excited about being on English soil for the first time that night,” said Flowers of the band’s British debut. “I remember falling on my ass during ‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine’, but NME gave the show a positive review, and that really helped to launch us.”
The traclisting for ‘Direct Hits’ is:
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘When You Were Young’
‘Read My Mind’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘The Way It Was’
‘Shot At The Night’
‘Just Another Girl’
Deluxe Version tracks:
Mr Brightside (Original Demo)
When You Were Young (Calvin Harris remix)