Flowers (vocals/keyboards), David Keuning (guitar), Mark Stoermer
(bass), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums) took the fashionista pop world
by storm in summer 2004 with "Somebody Told Me." The perfectly
stylish song pulls from the band's influences -- the Smiths, New
Order, Oasis, and the Cure -- and it was just enough to get them on
MTV. Part new wave and part new-millennium post-punk, this Las Vegas
foursome originally got together in 2002. Flowers had left behind
his former synth pop band, Blush Response, when he noticed a
classified ad in the local newspaper placed by Keuning. Both of them
were huge Oasis fans, and within weeks the two composed their
soon-to-be cult hit, "Mr. Brightside." Stoermer, a former medical
courier, and Vannucci, a classical percussion major at UNLV, soon
joined the fray that became the Killers. The London-based indie
imprint Lizard King caught wind of the band's brewing hype and
quickly signed them to issue the limited-edition single for "Mr.
Brightside" in fall 2003. In October, the Killers' buzz earned them
a prime spot at the annual CMJ Music Marathon. A worldwide deal with
Island followed shortly thereafter, positioning the Killers to join
the ranks of Interpol, the Rapture, and the Strokes. Shared U.K.
dates with British Sea Power and stellastarr* in summer 2004 also
gave the band the opportunity to showcase material from its debut
album. Hot Fuss appeared in June. Two months later, it was announced
that the Killers were among the ten finalists up for the 2004
Shortlist Music Prize.