Brandon Flowers decided to ignore critics and follow his “great, great songs” when working on new material.
The Killers – also comprising Dave Keuning, Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. and Mark Stoermer – are back with a new album, Battle Born, after a year-and-a-half hiatus.
The record is the American group’s fourth studio album and frontman Brandon is excited to present their new songs to fans.
“Honestly, you can’t win for losing with the critics most of the time. We did Hot Fuss. People were calling us Anglophiles. It made us look at ourselves and we made an American record. People said, ‘You’re full of shit now, what is this?’” he recalled to NME magazine.
“So we decided to experiment… do a little more pop… then they were like, ‘What the hell is this disco shit?’ But in amongst it all, there were always these songs. And I’m not afraid to say that Mr Brightside, Somebody Told Me, When You Were Young, Bones, Human, Spaceman. Great, great songs.
“So in the end, we decided to follow the songs.”
Brandon can’t wait for people to hear the band’s latest material. The frontman is convinced they will be impressed by the new sounds.
“I feel like there are a lot of live moments on this album, more than we’ve ever had before,” he said. “I feel like people are going to be able to relate to and understand these songs. Pound for pound, this is our strongest record, and I’m really excited about it. We’re starting to feel more comfortable being what we are. And we’re proud of what we are.”