The Killers Take A 'Shot At The Night' With New Video
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 23:10
A song is often simply better than its video. Its message comes off cleaner without the flickering images that may distract from the words and melody, but The Killers’ “Shot at the Night” is one of the rare breeds in which its video is more artful than the original song.
“Shot at the Night” is a new song featured on The Killers’ upcoming greatest hits album Direct Hits, to be released on Nov. 11. But the song itself is rather stale—especially compared to the band’s actual hits, their crackling early work like “Mr. Brightside.” As the band has matured, it seems to have put more and more emphasis on Brandon Flower’s vocals that has continued to produce hits, but not the genre-defining hits of its first album, Hot Fuss.
“Shot at the Night,” produced by Anthony Gonzales of M83, features a reverberating and somewhat redundant chorus of “Give me a shot at the night / Give me a moment, some kind of mysterious.” The first line of the chorus repeats 14 times, so it’s more than somewhat redundant.
Whereas the song itself seems rushed, the video directed by Roboshobo and staring Bella Heathcote (Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows) and Max Minghella (The Social Network) is a tasteful, measured piece of narration. The story is essentially Cinderella in Las Vegas (The Killers’ home base), but it’s a subtle illusion captured with careful camera work and fine acting, rare for a music video. The video elegantly captures both the bright lights of Las Vegas but the quiet moments between Heathcote and Minghella as well. The video provides more than a musical setting for “Shot at the Night.” The video not only makes the song bearable but makes the song enjoyable in at least one context.