Dustland is a song written by Brandon Flowers but credited to The Killers. It was released by The Killers as a single on 16 Jun 2021. ( taken from the album Day & Age
). Dustland is remake of A Dustland Fairytale
, a song originally released by The Killers in 2008. The remake of Dustland features a guest appearance by Bruce on vocals.
On 10 Jun 2021, during a phone call with host Jim Rotolo on Sirius XM's E Street Radio channel, Springsteen revealed in a surprise announcement that he recorded a song with The Killers. "I did a nice thing with Brandon Flowers, from The Killers." he told Rotolo. "And we did something together that I think is gonna come out soon. Like, in a week or so." The following day, The Killers posted on their official Twitter account: "Looks like the cat's out of the bag. When The Boss decides it's time to make an announcement, it's time to make an announcement." The post was accompanied with the cover art for the upcoming single. Shortly after, they also posted a 10-second clip from an upcoming music video for DUSTLAND, to be released on 16 Jun 2021.
" The idea to record Dustland was initially about giving people something during quarantine" , " When we finished it back in 2008, I sent him a copy and a note expressing my gratitude for his contribution to my life." "I attribute my discovery and absorption of his music with helping me become a more authentic writer," he continues. "He helped me to see the extraordinary in everyday people and their lives. And in this case, it was my parents who were under the microscope. Their faith and doubts, their search for salvation in the desert. It sounds Biblical. It also sounds Springsteenian."
Brandon Flowers wrote "A Dustland Fairytale" as his mother battled brain cancer; she died a few years later. The story is about his parents falling in love in a trailer park in 1961.