Following the announcement of their long-awaited fifth studio album Wonderful Wonderful, The Killers have released the music video for the first single off the LP, “The Man.”
Directed by the award-winning Tim Mattia (Chris Stapleton, The 1975, Halsey, Sam Hunt), “The Man” is one part disco-funk, another part glam-rock and all parts classic, catchy alt-rock The Killers are known for.
The music video follows Flowers around Las Vegas as he embodies various male stereotypes – a card shark, a handsome starlight singer, a womanizer – as the thrill of sin city consumes him. “The Man” is lavish in fame and partying, until the girls and money disappear, leaving the man to himself and his ego.
The upbeat track portrays Flowers as a cocky, flamboyant stage singer, but lady luck doesn’t seem to be on his side after an awkward performance and many nights of unsuccessful gambling lead to a brawl inside a casino.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Flowers’ described the band’s upcoming album as new and fresh, but comparable to the sound of their second album, 2006’s Sam’s Town—best known for the track “When We Were Young.”
“We really want to make a record here, not just slap a bunch of songs together,” said Flowers. “I think we’ve done it again on this album. It’s the closest thing we’ve done to Sam’s Town.”
Wonderful Wonderful is being produced by Jacknife Lee, who also worked on U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and Taylor Swift’s Red.
The Killers also premiered another new song from their forthcoming LP called “Run For Cover” at a show in Atlantic City earlier last month. The Nevada-native band is currently touring music festivals and, in addition to the new music video, the band announced a massive UK tour set for this November.
Wonderful Wonderful will be The Killers’ first studio album since 2012’s Battle Born and is set to drop in September 2017.