The Killers‘ fourth album — and their first in as many years — Battle Born, is due out this fall (September 18th), and this first single shows promising signs of a full return to form for the Las Vegas rockers. Premiering this morning on L.A.’s KROQ, “Runaways” seems most of all to have roundly reminded the internet (or at least us) of all that’s been missing in the electronic dance-rock world. And few spins later we can comfortably report that, after two years hiatus and apparently not a beat missed, The Killers are back and ready to rock arenas once more. “Let’s take a chance, baby, we can’t lose,” wails Brandon Flowers, never afraid to lean into even the biggest chorus or of sounding too much like Bruce Springsteen at his most mighty. He weaves an operatic tale of a love grown over years and then lost over building synths and drums. “We can’t wait ’till tomorrow,” he decides, calling forth the Battle Born.
What do you think? Are The Killers back? And was it worth the wait?