Brandon Flowers says The Killers will record new album because last one ‘wasn’t good enough’

Singer tells NME that the band need to 'all get on the same page' before next LP

Brandon Flowers has spoken about the future of The Killers, appearing confident that the band will reunite for a new album.

Flowers releases solo album ‘The Desired Effect’ later this month (May 18), with his band’s latest release coming in September 2012 in the form of ‘Battle Born’.

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, the frontman insisted that the four-piece will make another record because their previous effort “wasn’t good enough” and “we all know it”.


“Once [the band] all get on the same page, it’ll work,” Flowers said, before joking, “I need to persuade them to like the same things as I do.”

Flowers was recently quoted in the press calling members of The Killers “lazy”, however the singer claims to not recall those remarks. “Did I say lazy? I tell you, recently Dave [Keuning] has really shown a new interest in being the guitar player for The Killers. I don’t know if he saw [the quote]. I hope I didn’t upset him.”

Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr shares a different take on the future of the band, however. “I don’t fear the end of The Killers – if it’s over, it’s over,” Vannucci told NME. “We scratch those [creative] itches [with side-projects]. I get a good feeling knowing Brandon is out there doing that too. I hope the other two [Keuning and Mark Stoermer, bassist] do it. It gets weird sometimes when we starting talking about our shit with the other two.”

In a previous interview with Rolling Stone, 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.

Brandon Flowers recently made headlines after criticising Kanye West. Speaking to Rolling Stone, 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.”


Brandon Flowers will play six UK shows later 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)

To check the availability of Brandon Flowers tickets, click here.

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