The Killers‘ frontman Brandon Flowers has spoken out about the fact that their forthcoming new album ‘Battle Born’ saw them use five different producers.
The band’s fourth album, which is the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Day & Age’, has been produced by a series of big names, including U2‘s Steve Lillywhite, Gaslight Anthem collaborator Brendan O’Brien and Madonna producer Stuart Price.
Flowers explained to Spin that this was because they left it too long to secure a producer for the duration of the album, saying:
Our attitude was, let’s wait until we’re ready and then we’ll find the right producer. But once we started calling people, they had other bands booked.
He continued: “So we learned something from everyone and applied it to what we did next. We’re a bunch of strong personalities, so there’s not gonna be one guy that’s gonna come in and overtake things. The results are pretty cohesive.”
Flowers was also asked if he thought young, up and coming bands should take their appearance and look more seriously, to which he responded:
“You don’t see videos anymore, so I couldn’t even tell you what any new band looks like. You hear about all these Brooklyn bands and you hear some of their music, but I couldn’t tell you what they look like. I can’t even tell you their names.”
‘Battle Born’ will be released on September 17. It will contain a total of 12 tracks, including new single ‘Runaways’, which you can see the video for at the bottom of the page.
The band make their live UK comeback tonight (August 17) at Leeds’ O2 Academy and they will then headline this weekend’s V Festival on August 18 and 19.
To read a new interview with The Killers in which they open up about ‘Battle Born’, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.