In an exclusive interview with NME, Brandon Flowers, the frontman of The Killers, unravels the band’s past, present, and future, providing a glimpse into what lies ahead for the indie veterans as well as touching on a rather infamous feud.
The conversation delved into the recent success of The Killers’ ‘Rebel Diamonds,’ a ‘best of’ collection that secured the top spot in the UK charts, marking their eighth chart-topping LP. Flowers expressed his awe at the accomplishment, considering the band’s two-decade whirlwind of touring and writing, with a moment of reflection during the pandemic.
As Flowers looked back on the band’s journey, he discussed resolving past feuds, the band’s future in the realm of rock ‘n’ roll, a potential anniversary tour for their iconic debut album ‘Hot Fuss,’ and the revelation of work on a new solo album, following ‘Flamingo’ and ‘The Desired Effect.’
Reflecting on the band’s distinctive approach from the beginning, Flowers highlighted their ambition, setting them apart from other local bands in Vegas. He acknowledged the impact of ambition, enabling The Killers to persevere and mature over the years.
Addressing past feuds, notably with bands like The Bravery and Green Day, Flowers admitted to early awkwardness in interviews leading to name-calling. While expressing mild embarrassment, he affirmed having moved past it and extended apologies where necessary.
He said: “I’m over it now! But it nagged at me quite early on. Some of the things that I would say weren’t really representing my true self. I was a little green, not ready to be interviewed, and socially awkward, so I just resorted to name-calling! I’m a little bit embarrassed by it now, but I’ll live. I’ve apologised since.”
In a surprising twist, Flowers revealed ongoing work on a new solo album, distinct from his previous two. The solo record is expected to embody elements of his earlier works while incorporating new insights gained over the past seven years.
Amidst the excitement, Flowers shared that a potential ‘Hot Fuss’ anniversary tour is on the horizon, teasing fans with the promise of an extravaganza reminiscent of the band’s earlier, more intimate performances. While the release of the solo album may be delayed until 2025, The Killers and Brandon Flowers are gearing up for an exciting chapter, combining reflection, evolution, and fresh musical endeavors.