The Killers never ask for much -- just the chance to write some songs about innocent love, maybe a leather jacket or two, and of course, the ability to roll out the biggest, baddest guitar riffs this side of 1989. The quartet keep things simple in the music video for "Runaways," the first single from their upcoming fourth album "Battle Born," which premiered on Thursday morning (July 26).
As the camera pans down from the clear, starry sky, singer Brandon Flowers wistfully remembers "the night that she broke down and held my hand" under a lone spotlight, and suddenly, the heavens clear up. Flowers' Killer pals join the singer at the second verse, and the clip winds down, the group is seen overlooking the bright lights of their native Las Vegas and then rocking group on groovy red platforms. Let your fists punch the cold night air, rock fans -- this one's for you.
The Killers performed "Runaways" at both their headlining set at the inaugural Firefly Music Festival on Saturday night, as well as at Webster Hall on Monday night, in their first New York show in three years. Along with the new single, Flowers and co. also previewed fresh tracks like "Flesh and Bone," "From Here on Out" and "Miss Atomic Bomb" at the intimate NYC gig.
"Battle Born," the follow-up to 2008's "Day and Age," is due out Sept. 18 on Island Records, although no track list has yet been revealed. "Runaways" debuted at No. 22 on last week's Rock Songs chart, and moves to No. 18 this week.