THE KILLERS’ founding member and guitarist Dave Keuning has released another taster of his June solo album, A Mild Case Of Everything, with the video for the anthemically synthy “Time & Fury”.
You can’t deny Dave has a way with a tune, his writing at the heart of The Killers’ incredible success down the years. “Mr Brightside” was a rough demo he had ready when he first met Brandon Flowers to go away and see what he could do with; I mean, imagine sitting on a tune like that. Imagine writing a tune like that.
Of course, “Time And Fury” has some of that new-wave shadowy glamour to it, of course it has; it’s alternative in that Depeche Mode, China Crisis, Modern English, even Editors way; a floor-filler, a drink-twirler, eyes shut in your personal boogie nirvana, whisked to the stars.
The accompanying video, directed by Russell Sheaffer, features vignettes of Dave performing intermixed with vintage clips of dancing, exploring the idea of time as it passes by; enjoy yourself, as The Specials sang: it’s later than you think.
A Mild Case of Everything crams in 16 tracks of alt.rock, riffin’, readymade hooks and effortlessly Eighties’ synthpop. all written during lockdown at home in San Diego. A true musician is always brimming with ideas itching away, demanding to be listened to; and such is the case with Dave, who wrote a wealth of songs over the past year.
“Time And Fury” follows the breezy alt.rock of “The Fountain”, which we enjoyed a lot here.
Dave said in a recent interview: “Obviously [my solo work] isn’t anywhere close to as big as The Killers, but it gives me the satisfaction of finishing an idea I really like.” All those massive smashes under the belt; doing it because he loves it, still.
He released his debut solo album, Prismism, in 2019, on which all the instruments, save some drum parts, he played himself. That’s the case again with A Mild Case of Everything, on which he’s joined only by Seth Luloff on drums.
As soon as live music starts up again, Dave hopes to get over to the UK and kick back with some shows. “I had a lot of fun playing live last time,” he says. “It’s tricky in a starting band. To get people over to England, for example, I’d love to do again, but I gotta pay for everyone to go over there. I’d love to play America again. And if it seems like there’s an opportunity to go over to England or another country, I’d love to do it.”
“Time And Fury” is available now on all streaming platforms.
Dave Keuning’s A Mild Case Of Everything will be released by Pretty Faithful Records on June 25th digitally and can be pre-ordered here.