The Killers tread with “Caution”
by Adriana Lopez
If there is one band that would decide to rise from the ashes during a pandemic, it’s The Killers.
The Killers released their newest single “Caution” the day after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the stay at home order for all Californians.
Whether this was a bizarre PR decision or an odd coincidence, it feels like a classic The Killers thing to do.
For those who are avid listeners or just like the song, it was something like an embrace that assured us there is light at the end of the long tunnel.
But the embrace feels a tad familiar.
“Caution” sounds like an embodiment of every beloved The Killers cliche.
Brandon Flowers, The Killers front man and lyricist, revisits his tumultuous relationship with his hometown. A relationship possibly most recognized due to the success of “Read My Mind” off of Sam’s Town.
And while songs of strong women fighting against all odds are appreciated, this specific strong woman seems to have already been featured on “Prize Fighter” off of Battle Born and “Rut” off of Wonderful Wonderful.
Flowers also mentions the desert, which has been a landscape discussed in every Flowers written album ever.
For those new to The Killers, the instrumentals will sound incredible. “Caution” sounds like it would be the theme song to a heart wrenching and warming coming of age film.
The issue is, for those of us who have listened to every offering from The Killers, the movie has been on repeat. No matter how amazing any movie is, it shouldn’t be the only movie played at a theater. For years.
This is definitely not uncharted territory for The Killers, which is a bit disappointing.
Arguably, The Killers best songs are marked by uniqueness. From “Tranquilize” to “A Great Big Sled” to “Bling (Confessions of a King)” they’ve displayed what sets them apart from the rest.
But “Caution” is still saved by that classic The Killers style.
Brandon Flowers belts out the chorus in a way only he could. Ronnie Vannucci Jr. relentlessly pounds on the drums in a way only he could. Not to mention there is a near minute long guitar solo from Lindsey Buckingham, former lead guitarist of Fleetwood Mac.
With the number of concerts being cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak growing, The Killers have postponed selling tickets to their tour.
Once The Killers start up their tour for the upcoming album, Imploding the Mirage, audiences will surely enjoy dancing along to “Caution”. Even if it’s a familiar dance.
Listen to “Caution” below.