Pressure Machine is the seventh studio album by the American rock band The Killers. It is their second album released during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pressure Machine is described as concept album about life in Nephi told from the perspective of various townspeople that touches on everything from prescription drug abuse and poverty to crime, homophobia, and depression. In an interview about the album for The Rolling Stone Magazine, Brandon Flowers stated:
There was a nostalgic longing in the air and a little bit of sadness. I started thinking about where I was in the Nineties, and these stories just sort of blossomed out. When I was writing these songs, I was thinking of things like Sherwood Anderson’s book Winesburg, Ohio or that book Pastures of Heaven [by John Steinbeck], where’s it’s all these short stories that take place in this one setting. For some reason, I had the audacity to try it myself. Once I realized they were going to take place here and they were going to be true stories, everything just really fell in our laps.