"The mustache - I was never happy with the fullness of it. I was a bit too young. Maybe I’ll bring it back in my mid-thirties."
The final song of the Murder Trilogy is also told from the murderer’s point of view, as he tried to piece together his alibi during a police interrogation.
Why the bloodshed? Brandon says he needed to escape the songwriting cliché that afflicted his early work. "If you listen to the radio, every song is about a girl," he says. "You have an open book when you’re writing. You can write about anything, but for some reason everyone chooses to write about the same thing.
"We still have songs about girls," Brandon continues. "But I would say, ‘let’s write a song about murdering a girl.’ If you’re just writing about how you love Suzy, you write about how you love Suzy. But when I’m writing about killing Jenny, I get to see it in my head. It opened up a whole world of storytelling for me."
The Killers at Hangout Music Festival | Gulf Shores, Alabama 5/17/2014