Brandon Flowers on Kanye West: ‘Everyone’s afraid to say anything contrary to him being a genius’

The Killers frontman had previously stated that the rapper 'makes him ill'

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has criticised Kanye West in a new interview.

The singer’s upcoming solo 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.

Speaking to Rolling Stone recently, Flowers was reminded of stating that the rapper “makes him ill” in 2006, now responding: “Everyone’s afraid to say anything contrary to him being a genius. It’s crazy, man! And it’s frustrating. I’m not going to tear him down, but I will say I find that to be frustrating… That’s my stance on it.”

Flowers added: “A lot of people might agree with me now. I may have been a little bit ahead of my time. But I think he wants to be good. I think he wants to be great, and that’s something that we all want to strive for. We’ve just got different roads of getting there, I guess.”

In 2006, Flowers said of West, “He makes me ill. I wanted to love him so much when he first came out. He has this sweet voice, and there’s a cuteness to it. And then you see him in interviews and he’s like a lion. It just ruined the whole package for me.”

Elsewhere in the Rolling Stone interview, Brandon Flowers discusses the future of The Killers. “Everything is fine,” Flowers said. “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 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 21-22)
Manchester Academy (24)
Edinburgh Usher Hall (25)
Leeds O2 Academy (26)
Birmingham O2 Academy (28)

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