Everyone's favorite band from Las Vegas is about to have a great spring. Not only are they headlining the desert sun music festival in California in less than three weeks, but they are also hitting up Chi-town, kicking asses and taking names @ Lollapalooza later this year. They are celebrating what will be a stellar festival season with a little EP in promotion to the terrifically unabashed alien-abducting second single off of their Day & Age (which we absolutely loved!), "Spaceman."
The EP will include the song itself, along with a Close Captioned version of the track — I'm thinking a cross between "Spaceman" and the "Exitlude" from Sam's Town. Thrown into the mix is Brandon Flowers' ode to Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes' biggest song ever, "Four Winds."
The Killers stripped the foot stomping back beat and blue-grass violins from this alt-country epic and transformed it into something much more like their cover of Joy Divisions' "Shadowplay." I love the Killers to death, but so far, they aren't doing so great as a cover band. Aside from Oberst's gutwrenching vocals, it's the instrumentation that makes "Four Winds" so great.
It's a damn shame the Killers couldn't match it with some of their wild "Spaceman"-drumming and take-your-pick-guitars to put some life into their gutsy rendition of "Four Winds." Sadly, listen after listen, their version of "Four Winds" comes off a little flat.
Thanks for the tip Mick! I <3 U
The Spaceman EP is out April 14th. The tracklist:
01 "Spaceman" (Album Version)
02 "Four Winds"
03 "Tidal Wave" (Bonus Track)
04 "Spaceman" (Closed Captioned)