The Killers are issuing a call-to-arms, and as lead singer Brandon Flowers states: “in a sense, all Americans are battle-born.” “Runaways,” the lead single from the band’s forthcoming and highly anticipated record, Battleborn, is set to drop this fall. This track is a by-product of Sam’s Town, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this is an old B-side they decided to re-record. Lyrically, it is a lot like the songs on that record, and musically it brings the listener back to parts of Hot Fuss. So it is a healthy mix of their past records. You could even make the argument that Day & Age has had a hand in this track. It is a classic Killers track, yet sadly, a bit underwhelming. It is a really great song with a strong vocal line that throws in some nostalgic lyrics and typical instrumentation. Sadly, however, this track feels very expected.
Being that this is the first single we’ve heard from the band since their 4-year period of silence, a bigger and more shocking come-back was certainly to be expected. While they managed to finally put forth another single, it appears as though it would slip in midway through the record and just compliment the other grandeur tracks. Hopefully the rest of the record is on-par, or better than “Runaways.” The bands’ choices for the singles they put out are usually hit-or-miss, but I think they’re holding back on us. Or, at least, that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself.