The Killers: 'We love the Spice Girls'

Band open up about their views on the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies

Video: The Killers Talk 'Battle Born'

The Killers have opened up about their thoughts of the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, revealing their love of the Spice Girls.

"The opening ceremony was the craziest thing I've ever seen," drummer Ronnie Vannucci tells NME in a video which you can watch above. "[The closing ceremony] impressed me a lot… I love the Spice Girls. I thought the Muse thing was cool. The Queen thing was cool."

Singer Brandon Flowers added, "We were backstage in Budapest trying to watch it, but we couldn't get any sound. But Brian May looked like he was owning it."

The band also spoke about their new album 'Battle Born', which is set for release on September 17. You can watch the video for the first single from the album 'Runaways' below.

"On this record we've taken what we've acquired from playing all these shows on the road, Flowers says. "That experience and that fire I guess from playing so many live shows, and we've applied that to songwriting. I don't think we've ever done that before."

Last week The Killers made their live UK comeback at Leeds' O2 Academy before headlining this weekend's V festival, where they covered Oasis' 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and Joy Division's 'Shadowplay'.

'Battle Born' is the band's fourth album and is the follow-up to their 2008 effort 'Day & Age'. It has been produced by a series of big names, including U2's Steve Lillywhite, Rage Against The Machine collaborator Brendan O'Brien and Madonna producer Stuart Price.

The band will make their live UK comeback on Friday (August 17) at Leeds' O2 Academy and they will then headline this weekend's V Festival on August 18 and 19.

The tracklisting for 'Battle Born' is as follows:

'Flesh And Bone'
'Runaways'
'The Way It Was'
'Here With Me'
'A Matter Of Time'
'Deadlines And Commitments'
'Miss Atomic Bomb'
'The Rising Tide'
'Heart Of A Girl'
'From Here On Out'
'Be Still'
'Battle Born'
'Carry Me Home'*
'Flesh And Bone' (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)*
'Prize Fighter'*

*indicates that it will only feature on the album's deluxe edition


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