Today The Killers announced the release of a greatest hits album, entitled Direct Hits and scheduled for release on November 11th. The album, which commemorates the band's tenth anniversary, will feature two brand new songs, as well as a demo version of "Mr. Brightside" and a Calvin Harris remix of "When You Were Young." "Shot at the Night," produced by M83 frontman Anthony Gonzalez, is one of the new tracks.
As both The Killers and M83 are heavily influenced by the sounds of the '80s, this pairing makes perfect sense. Though it was apparently set up by The Killers' record label, guitarist Dave Keuning said in an interview with Radio.com that the collaboration was "mutual" and "something we finally agreed with our label on.”
Musically, Gonzalez helps Brandon Flowers reign in his Springsteen shtick without losing any of its bombast -- in a nutshell "Shot at the Night" sounds like a lost collaboration between The Boss and Tears for Fears. Synthy, overblown and full of moments that invite chest-beating, this is The Killers at their finest.
Check out the tracklist for Direct Hits below.
01. Mr. Brightside
02. Somebody Told Me
03. Smile Like You Mean It
04. All These Things That I’ve Done
05. When You Were Young
06. Read My Mind
07. For Reasons Unknown
10. A Dustland Fairytale
12. Miss Atomic Bomb
13. The Way It Was
14. Shot At the Night (new song)
15. Just Another Girl (new song)
16. Mr. Brightside (Original Demo)
17. When You Were Young (Calvin Harris Remix)
18. Be Still