Vevo announces the premiere of Watch This featuring The Killers and their music video for “Mr. Brightside”. Vevo with there Watch This series brings a camera to the “comments” section of a music video. This episode will act as a forum for inside-scoop commentary from The Killers themselves as they look back at their music video, giving a first-hand interpretation on everything from inspiration to impact.
Las Vegas rock quartet The Killers earned global success. With a mix of ’80s-styled synth pop and fashionista charm, the band’s multi-platinum 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, became one of the decade’s biggest releases, spawning four hit singles — including, “Mr. Brightside” — and catapulting the group into the international spotlight.
Founding foursome Brandon Flowers (vocals/keyboards), David Keuning (guitar), Mark Stoermer (bass), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums) first came together in 2002, two years before Hot Fuss introduced their band to the public.
Brandon had been sacked by his former synth pop band, Blush Response, after refusing to move to Los Angeles with the rest of his bandmates. Instead, he remained in Las Vegas, where he soon met local guitarist and Oasis fanatic David Keuning.
The two began collaborating on material; within weeks, they’d composed their soon-to-be radio hit “Mr. Brightside.”
Mark Stoermer, a former medical courier, and Ronnie Vannucci, a classical percussion major at UNLV, eventually joined and the band began playing small clubs in its hometown.
A U.K. representative for Warner Bros. caught wind of The Killers’ brewing hype, and although he neglected to bring them on board the Warner roster, he did pass along their demo to the London-based indie imprint Lizard King. The label quickly signed The Killers, who temporarily moved to the U.K. and issued a limited-edition single for “Mr. Brightside.”
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