Brandon Flowers on future of The Killers: ‘We need a kick in the pants’

The singer says they need 'a little bit of that drive and that hunger back'

Brandon Flowers has discussed the future plans of his band The Killers in a new interview.

The singer will release his new solo album next month, with The Killers’ last record ‘Battle Born’ preceding it in 2012.

Speaking to Rolling Stone on the eve of his new lone effort, Flowers claimed that reports of his band being on a “hiatus” have “made it sound a little bit more ominous than it really was”.

“Everything is fine,” Flowers reassured. “I’ve been talking to Dave [Keuning, guitarist], and he hasn’t sounded this excited about making music in a long time. So that, in turn, makes me excited. I feel like when he’s at his best, and when we’re all collaborating, is when the Killers are at their best, and that’s what we really need. I’ve said it before – I think we need a little bit of a kick in the pants, and hopefully it’s coming.”

However, Flowers continued to say that the group need to stop themselves from becoming complacent, “It can become just sort of too cyclical. It’s like, ‘Oh, it’s time to get back together, we’re making a record, then we go on tour.’ And it’s this big sort of machine, now. And we really need to find a way to get a little bit of that drive and that hunger back that we had earlier on, and not just look at it as an opportunity to make more money and make a record and go tour”.

“I want to feel like we’re together, and I might just be guilty as anybody else, of being sort of duped by just seeing a picture of guys and assuming everything is perfect and they’re just a band of brothers making music. But that’s what I want, and that’s the goal, and that’s what we all want. I want us to get back to that place, and the people that want to get together and take on the world. And when I think of INXS or U2 or the Stones, those are the things that come to my mind. They knew what they wanted to do, and did it.”

Flowers reiterated: “I can’t wait for the next Killers record and to go do it again.”

The singer’s upcoming LP ‘The Desired Effect’ will released on May 18. It features guest appearances from Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Haim singer Danielle Haim, as well as The Killers’ own Ronnie Vannucci.

Flowers recently told NME that he wants to hear songs from the album on the radio, even if he admits that he finds commercial music in 2015 to be a “weird world”.

“I want to be on the radio,” Flowers said. “I’ve never been ashamed to say that. I can’t believe where radio has gone. It seems to be such a weird world now. Where once I seemed to fit in, now I’m seen as a little different. I used to be considered mainstream, but now I’m almost avant-garde or art rock compared to what’s on the radio.”

The tracklisting for ‘The Desired Effect’ is:

‘Dreams Come True’
‘Can’t Deny My Love’
‘I Can Change’
‘Still Want You’
‘Between Me And You’
‘Lonely Town’
‘Digging Up The Heart’
‘Never Get You Right’
‘Untangled Love’
‘The Way It’s Always Been’
‘The Desired Effect’

Brandon Flowers will play five UK shows in May. The dates are as follows:

London Brixton Academy (May 21)
London Brixton Academy (22)
Manchester Academy (24)
Edinburgh Usher Hall (25)
Leeds O2 Academy (26)
Birmingham O2 Academy (28)

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