Brandon Flowers is working in the studio with New Order, who release their new album in autumn.
The Killers are named after a fictional band from the video for New Order‘s 2001 single ‘Crystal’. Flowers has sometimes guested onstage with the band to perform ‘Crystal’, most recently in Manchester in 2013, but this is the first time the two artists have worked in the studio together.
It isn’t yet known if they are working on New Order’s new album or a Flowers solo outing.
New Order are making their first album without founding bassist Peter Hook, which will follow 2005’s ‘Waiting For The Sirens Call’. Producers on the album include Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers, while new songs ‘Plastic’ and ‘Singularity’ have been previewed on tour. The album will be the band’s first since signing to legendary indie Mute in 2014.
Asked by The Independent if rumours he is working with New Order and Duran Duran, who also release a new album in autumn, are true, Flowers responded: “It’s going to be tricky with the label. I’m definitely not going to be able to be on both of them.” However, NME can confirm that Flowers has been working with New Order.
Flowers added that he had been pressurised to work with a dance musician on his new solo album ‘The Desired Effect’, which is released this Sunday (May 17). He said: “I was approached by everybody. They all sent me tunes, songs you hear on the radio now. But I just couldn’t sing them.” Eventually, Flowers worked with Axwell & Ingrosso on ‘I Can Change’, which samples Bronski Beat’s 1984 hit ‘Smalltown Boy’. Flowers said: “The label asked me ‘What would you like?’ and I said “Something like ‘Smalltown Boy’ would be cool.”