The Killers at ‘early stages’ of writing new album and hope to release it by end of 2016

Brandon Flowers issues update in new interview with NME

Brandon Flowers has discussed the progress of The Killers‘ next album, describing the band as being in the early stages of writing songs for the LP.

The band’s fourth album ‘Battle Born’ was released in 2012, with Flowers releasing his solo album ‘The Desired Effect’ in May of this year.

Speaking to NME in a new interview, the frontman said: “We’re writing – we’re in the early stages”, adding that “in a perfect world” fans will be able to hear new music “at the end of 2016 maybe”.

“If The Killers want to take a year or two off then there’s no reason for me not to make a solo record but if the fires are burning in the band then there will be a Killers record,” Flowers continued.

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Discussing how the process of songwriting has changed for him over the years, Flowers said: “When you get older you get more accustomed to doing it and it gets harder in a way. It’s easier to write a song and finish a song now than when we used to really slave over it and the songs would be too long or we don’t know exactly what we’re doing.”

“Now it’s more second nature [but] it’s harder to sift through what’s terrible and what’s great, because it’s so easy to complete a song. So I think that’s where you get a lot of bands being complacent and just going through the motions. You get a lot of bands that don’t do great things later on, and so hopefully because I’m aware of that we can really do something better and something great this time.”

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In a previous interview, Flowers admitted that the band “need a kick in the pants” and require “a little bit of that drive and that hunger back” before recording their next full-length. He also admitted their last album “wasn’t good enough”.

Elaborating on his comments to NME, he explained: “Everybody wasn’t on board last time. I’m not going to say any names, but we just weren’t 100% for whatever reason. People go through life and all have different experiences and I think if we can just get on the same page and really apply what we’ve learnt from over a 1000 shows now and playing clubs and stadiums and all of that and really apply what we’ve learnt over the years that’s what I’m excited about.”

Brandon Flowers plays a one-off solo show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire tonight (November 16). Read the full NME interview here.

The singer recently declared The Killers to be the best band of the past 15 years. Speaking in the same interview, Flowers revealed that he has collected his own facial hair shavings in a bag for the last seven years.