The Killers‘ most recent album, 2012’s Battle Born, was a record filled with earnest, heartland-style rock anthems. It certainly didn’t have the cultural impact of their debut Hot Fuss or the gravitas and confidence of 2006’s Sam’s Town, but it was a perfectly fine entry in their catalog. According to the band, though, it wasn’t.
In an interview with NME, the band separately spoke about their future, and vocalist Brandon Flowers mentioned that they’d like to make another album because Battle Born “wasn’t good enough” and “we all know it.” Their drummer, Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. elaborated on the ultimate fate of the group:
“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 sh*t with the other two.”
Maybe it’s just us, but was that album so bad? “Runaways” seemed like a great song! In the meantime, Brandon Flowers solo album, The Desired Effect, due May 19, should hold fans over. Hopefully he won’t immediately regret releasing it. Check out the video for Flowers’ single “Lonely Town” below.