The Killers’ Brandon Flowers: ‘Taking time off from the band is risky’

Frontman admits there's a 'danger' to focusing on solo projects

The Killers‘ Brandon Flowers has admitted that the band have taken a “risk” by waiting nearly five years to release their new studio album.

Last month (May 28), the group revealed that their new LP, which is the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Day & Age’, would be titled ‘Battle Born’, with the album set for a likely release this autumn.

In an interview with Q magazine, Flowers said that he and his bandmates were aware that the decision to spend nearly half a decade working on solo projects instead of their fourth studio album could backfire.

Flowers, who admitted it had been a “risk”, said:

I’m sure taking too much time off is a danger. It’s a bit strange to spend time learning to hone your skills and figure out what makes you unique as a band then take half a decade off. We just hope that lightning strikes again.

He also gave an insight into what the new material would sound like, adding: “It’s still eclectic, I’ve not thrown the keyboards away. But it’s definitely heavier.”

Drummer Ronnie Vanucci, meanwhile, said that the band were eager to start playing their new songs live. “These songs are so good I’m just desperate to play some shows,” he said. “I’d play the opening of a 7-eleven at this point.”

Song titles confirmed for ‘Battle Born’ include ‘Heart Of A Girl’, ‘Flesh And Bone’, ‘Carry Me Home’ and ‘Runaways’ and producers credited with working on the LP include Madonna collaborator Stuart Price, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor and Brendan O’Brien.

You can watch NME‘s classic song guide to the band’s 2004 mega-hit ‘Mr Brightside’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.