Brandon Flowers says The Killers ‘lack a drive’

Frontman admits to feeling frustrated his band are not more successful

Brandon Flowers has admitted feeling frustration that The Killers are not more successful, saying that his band lack the “drive” to reach their full potential.

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Flowers talks frankly about whether The Killers will ever play stadiums again after they headlined Wembley in London in June 2013, or if they will return to life as an arena rock band.

“There’s definitely a drive that we’re lacking,” Flowers says about The Killers ability to live up to their potential. “It takes a lot of work and that’s fine, everybody’s different, everybody’s gonna have their own road that they go down. Other than Coldplay I’m not sure anybody’s made the dent that U2 were able to make. They were so much a part of the landscape and the timing of when they were coming out.”

Flowers also laments the lack of an era-defining band for his generation. “It’s changed so much now, there’s so much music out there and so much noise to compete with, it’s strange times. So sometimes it’s frustrating with four different people and four different personalities in this band, we don’t have that whole history that U2 have of these four young kids that knew each other and grew up in the same town.”

He then admits that it does bother him that The Killers are not as big as U2. He admitted: “It is frustrating. People actually talk about how they don’t feel like they’re adequate, and it’s a big band. I don’t feel like that – I feel like I can do it.”

Before The Killers return with their fifth album, Flowers will release his second solo album. The record is due in 2015 and, elsewhere in the NME interview, the singer admitted his record is “definitely going to be different”.