The Killers' Dave Keuning Shares Title Track From Solo Album 'Prismism': Video Premiere

Dana Trippe
Dave Keuning

The Killers' guitarist Dave Keuning is gearing up for the release of his first solo album, Prismism -- whose title track video is premiering exclusively below. And he tells Billboard that, "I just wish I would've done it sooner."

Prior to this, of course, Keuning was active with the Killers, especially during the cycles for the group's first four albums. "It seemed like every time there was a break, there was no time for my solo record, really," the multi-instrumentalist says. "And even then, I would write things that I was kind of hoping would get used by the Killers." He finally made Prismism -- due out in January under the name Keuning -- a reality by dropping out of the Killers touring lineup to devote himself to the project.

"I didn't drop out of the Killers just to do this (album); It was just going to be too long of a tour for me," Keuning explains. But it was nevertheless "very refreshing and just felt free and I think I needed this. I don't think I've had this much fun making music in a long, long, long time.

"The biggest difference," Keuning continues, "is I'm just kind of doing whatever I want and playing most of the instruments and just having fun in my home studio messing around. It's a little bit of a different vibe than making a Killers record; It's pretty easygoing, and when I have an idea I like I work on it 'til I finish it. I don't have that control in the Killers. I'm not saying that's good or bad -- it's just a different method."

Keuning has already advanced Prismism with a video for the single "Restless Legs," while the languid, voice-and-keyboards dominated "Prismism" is accompanied by an edgy video that depicts a young woman's violent, apartment-smashing breakdown -- in backwards motion. "That's a lot of people's favorite song off the record," Keuning notes. "It's very keyboard-driven, and I know that some fans are wanting guitar stuff and I promise that's coming. But this one's darker and more experimental and has some good melodies on it, too."

Keuning will begin previewing Prismism's songs on Nov. 6, when he begins a four-show stint at home at The Casbah in San Diego, with subsequent shows in Los Angeles (Nov. 7), New York (Nov. 12) and Nashville (Nov. 14), followed by U.K. dates in Manchester (Dec. 9) and London (Dec. 10). He also plans a more extensive tour around Prismism's release.

Meanwhile, Keuning is "working on some ideas for the Killers," even if he hasn't committed to returning to touring. "I'm technically in the band, of course, and they're in the very, very, very early stages of writing the next record," Keuning reports. "Everyone tosses around ideas and we'll see what they turn in to. I definitely would love to play shows, and that's the part I've missed the most. But I don't miss the touring part, traveling constantly and being gone. I'm not going to try to stop them from doing all the things they want to do, but it's awkward. I feel a little left out, but it's my choice -- and the right one, I think."