The Killers’ Dave Keuning Releases Debut Single
Debut Album Prismism Released January 25th
Dave Keuning, founding member and guitarist from The Killers, releases his debut single 'Restless Legs' under the moniker Keuning.
Watch 'Restless Legs':
Burnt out from touring and wanting to spend more time with his 13-year-old son, Dave began taking musical ideas that he gathered over the years and worked on them in his home studio to turn each idea into a complete song.
'Prismism' is the result, a collection of 14 tracks – with all the instruments, save some drum parts, played by Keuning himself – which, like the title says, sees things from all sides, focusing on details without missing the big picture.
The album examines our basic relationships and interactions, with family, friends and co-workers, how one can feel trapped by their surroundings, as well as those that rely on them, emotionally and/or professionally. The album is inspired by the very thing that brought him here in the first place – the music.
Dave said of the lead single: “The lyrics speak for themselves, ’Got restless legs/And a restless heart,’ that’s just what came pouring out of me. It was all I could think of… No other subjects came to mind. It was all I had. The beauty of the words is they’re open-ended enough that you can relate them to your own situation.”
More than 17 years have passed since Iowa transplant Dave Keuning placed an ad in the local Las Vegas Weekly looking to form a band, mentioning Oasis as one of his faves. An eager 20-year-old named Brandon Flowers, who shared Keuning’s love of groups like New Order and the Cure, answered it, only to have Dave promptly hand him a TASCAM-recorded four-track demo of 'Mr. Brightside'.
The result was the formation of The Killers, who have released five consecutive chart-topping albums and sold out arenas.
Combining both acoustic and electric guitars, as well as a longtime fascination with keyboards and electronic music – which he wasn’t able to explore as much as he would’ve liked in The Killers – Keuning has created a psychic diary that allows us to connect the dots and learn what brought him to a career crossroads. When he first began writing and recording, Keuning had no plans to sing, but finally decided to take the plunge.
He said: “I never wanted to be the singer in The Killers.
"And I don’t care if people don’t believe me. I’ve definitely had those thoughts, but I can honestly tell you ever since I picked one up at 14, all I ever wanted to do was play the guitar.”
Dave is still an active member of The Killers despite not touring with them and is sending them new music all the time.
He added: “But there’s no stopping me now. I’m going to pump out new music for the rest of my life, for audiences big or small, Killers or no Killers. Now that I’ve got a taste of how enjoyable this is.”
Dave will also be performing in London and Manchester this December.
Dave Keuning plays the following UK dates: December Sun 9th Manchester, Night and Day Mon 10th London, Dingwalls Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 15th October.