The Killers have confirmed that “Boy” will be their next single, announcing the news on social media today. The song will be out on August 5, 2022.
The band gave “Boy” a live debut at Madrid’s Mad Cool festival earlier this month, July 7. Speaking to NME ahead of that set, Brandon Flowers explained how the track was a leftover from 2021’s Pressure Machine.
“We’ve been teasing it a little bit,” he told NME. “It was the song that took me back home and was sort of the impetus for writing [2021 album] Pressure Machine. What’s interesting is that it just didn’t make it onto the record – but its absence is not a reflection of the quality of the song. It was an aesthetic decision to keep it off the record.”
He continued: “There’s an optimism to it. It’s in the dust, it’s in the gutter, and it’s looking at the stars. It’s writing in more of a new wave vehicle.”
Following the first live performance of the new single, NME wrote: “‘Boy’ concerns a shy, ill-fitting 16-year-old with dreams far bigger than his one-horse hometown – perhaps an autobiographical figure, Brandon? – becoming aware that the world isn’t so bad once you get used to it and it’s best not to sweat the small stuff.
“And us Killers fans (particularly the post-Boris British ones primed for a cathartic blaze out of the darkest of days) could certainly do with a bit of hope right now.”
Asked about the possibility of a new album this year, the band told NME: “You will hear singles this year. The full record will probably be early next year, but there will definitely be more releases this year.”