Brandon Flowers: ‘I couldn’t make a record like Julian Casablancas. I’m too much of a pop tart’

Killers frontman announces details of new solo album plus live dates

Brandon Flowers has revealed that he could never release an album like Julian Casablancas did with his band The Voidz, as he is too much of a “pop tart” to make a leftfield record.

Flowers, who today confirmed the release of new solo album ‘The Desired Effect’ as well as details of new single ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ a New York gig at Webster Hall on March 24, is interviewed in the latest issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally.

Having first emerged in the wake of bands like The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flowers admits to listening with interest to solo albums by Julian Casablancas and Karen O. However, he laughs off suggestion that he could ever make an album as abrasive as Casablancas’ 2014 album. “I don’t know if I have that in me,” he says. “It’s like Bowie doing ‘Tin Machine’ or something like that. I just can’t… I’m too much of a pop tart.”

Speaking about ‘Can’t Deny My Love’, Flowers confesses that the single was effortless to make. “[it] was one of thoser magical songs that just writes themselves. The lyrics were done really fast. There was something instantly authentic about it that was cool. It wasn’t contrived at all. Ariel was able to bring a little weight and muscle to my original demo.”

Flowers has been working with producer Ariel Rechtshaid on the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Flamingo’ while The Killers are on hiatus. Last weekend, the singer teased new music in a video posted on YouTube, which you can watch below.

Speaking to NME last year the 33-year-old said that his second solo album is “definitely going to be different”.

The Killers last released an album in 2012 in the form of ‘Battle Born’.