Shawn Everett and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado co-produced Pressure Machine. According to a press release, the album is inspired by Brandon Flowers’ hometown of Nephi, Utah.
In addition to the Nephi inspiration, Flowers noted that Pressure Machine was a product of circumstance, as the band could not tour due to the pandemic. “It was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence,” he said. “And out of that silence, this record began to bloom, full of songs that would have otherwise been too quiet and drowned out by the noise of typical Killers records.”