Brandon Flowers says new solo record is ‘what The Killers were supposed to do on our second album’

Killers frontman released his second solo effort 'The Desired Effect' this week

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has described his new solo record as what his band “were supposed to do” on their second album, 2006’s ‘Sam’s Town’.

Flowers released his second solo album ‘The Desired Effect’ this week (May 18), following on from 2010 solo debut ‘Flamingo’ and his band’s 2012 effort ‘Battle Born’. Speaking to the BBC, the singer conceded that a portion of his fanbase have been longing for the group to pursue the more pop-leaning aspect of their music.

“Right when I started doing interviews [promoting ‘The Desired Effect’], I realised I’d made The Killers’ second record,” Flowers told the BBC. “I mean, I made what we were supposed to do on our second album, but we never gave anybody that pleasure. We threw everyone a little bit with ‘Sam’s Town’.”

Discussing The Killers’ Americana-influenced second LP, Flowers said, “Sometimes you want to be more macho and you want the word ‘rock’ next to your name. But I’m not ashamed of it or anything. I love pop music. And I definitely have a knack for it.”

He adds that despite the excitement surrounding his lone effort, he would ultimately prefer to be with his band. He stated: “I’m the singer in The Killers. That’s what I am. That’s a big part of my identity. And I do wish that we were all here. That’s the dream – a band of brothers going out to take on the world.”

Later this week, Brandon Flowers will head to the UK for a series of solo shows. This stint will include two gigs in London, as well as shows in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh. See the full details below.

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Brandon Flowers will play the following UK live dates:

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

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