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Brandon Flowers Talks About New Single “Christmas In L.A.” With Kevin & Bean

It’s always a green Christmas in Los Angeles, but not because a lot of transplanted, failed actors are rolling in the green. That’s the melancholic theme of The Killers’ new holiday classic, “Christmas In L.A.”

In an interview with Kevin & Bean this morning, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers said that because he’s from Las Vegas he can “sympathize with how non-Christmas it is in December.”

With the help of the band Dawes and Brigham Young University students on the speedily-done animation for the “Christmas In L.A.” video, The Killers were able to channel that energy into the song “about an actor who’s struggling.”

“Maybe he’s from Colorado or Utah or something. Someplace where there’s white Christmas’ and he’s getting a little bit nostalgic and melancholy when it rolls around,” elaborated Flowers over the phone. The video includes Owen Wilson, an animated version of Warren Zevon, and Harry Dean Stanton.

The inclusion of the gruff icon was in part due to a lyrical decision from Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes whom the Killers discovered the Los Angeles-based band on the radio and “became friends.”

“I used to talk trash about bands,” admitted Flowers. Now he’d rather make friends with the band he likes, which is how a friendship with Dawes started. “Taylor’s a great writer and that was a treat to work with them,” said Flowers.

Despite the dark topic of the song, proceeds go to the AIDS and HIV Awareness outreach non-profit, (RED) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Flowers said that Bono reached out and asked if there was anything the band could do. Flowers quoted the daunting statistics as 4,800 people a day dying from AIDS because they can’t get these “pills that cost 40 cents.”

“Bono…and all these people do all the heavy lifting,” said Flowers humbly. “But we’re happy to contribute.”

“Christmas in L.A.” is currently available exclusively on iTunes.

–Nadia Noir, KROQ

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