In the short term you’re focusing on the solo album and tour, but what’s the current status of the Killers? Are you thinking about the next album?
It’s definitely on my mind. We did a gig in Delaware a month ago, the Firefly festival, and we played Atlantic City. And I had so much fun, it really made me excited about the future of the Killers. I think in a perfect world, [in] late 2016 there’d be a Killers record.
Horse diving. According to inventor William Carver, the idea of launching a panicked equine into the watery void came whilst riding off a collapsing bridge in 1881. And like all things entertainment back then, recreating tragedy on a grand scale was instantly lucrative. The show was a summer staple at Atlantic City … up until like the fucking 1970s.
That’s right – we really held on to horse diving. Partially due to how surprisingly few horses were (externally) hurt from this bizarre act, as what few anecdotal stories that exist range from hoofed panic attacks to a single horrific drowning. Meanwhile, their human counterparts had the troublesome task ofnot slamming their face into the water upon landing. And while that sounds simple enough, consider that the most famous horse-diver, Sonora Carver, went blind after a botched landing detached both of her retinas. And yet, much like this entire asshole sport, our hero continued to risk her life well after the loss of her eyes. Her commitment to stupidity in the face of overwhelming reason was the subject of a 1991 movie called Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.
Because the bravest thing you can do in America is refuse to give up, even when that means blindly plunging 60 feet into a shallow pool for the delight of day drunks. This Yankee stubbornness wasn’t exclusive to the performers either, as one July Fourth reveler named Eunice Winkless was photographed attempting a 40-foot jump on a $100 dare.
Thoughts about the racial discrimination in Portland? Good news on the horizon? The Atlantic ran a really interesting/sad article about the city and state. I'm from Oregon but now live in TX. Have been thinking of moving back. Just wondering.
we live in a place that had sundown laws on the books until the thirties. 80% of the state’s black population lives *in portland* and portland is so white it’s see-through. we’re super-gay (second in the nation!) but super-white (tenth in the nation!) and i wish things were different. i wish i was raising my children in a place that looks like the world we live in. kel and i are starting to work with the urban league in hopes of contributing positively towards that outcome. for now the town and state reaps what its sown and pays the price for it.