Brandon Flowers, frontman of Las Vegas indie-rockers The Killers, has said he wanted to make a “more grown-up” record this time around with Wonderful Wonderful, the band’s soon-to-be-released newbie.
The Killers, who visit Scotland in November on a UK tour, are set to release Wonderful Wonderful on September 22. It is the Somebody Told Me hitmaker’s first studio album in five years, following 2012’s Battle Born.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr spoke about their intentions behind the making of the record. The latter said that they had recently listened to “a bunch of different artists”, some of which was “very honest” and others that were “very custom-fit for a certain demographic.”
“It was totally predictable and kind of lame – and it was guys approaching 50 doing it,” Vannucci Jr said. “Nothing seemed true.”
He said that what he thinks keeps The Killers honest is their “integrity”. “We’re just trying to be that listener when we were 15, 20 years old and trying to recognise that honesty in other artists.”
Flowers added: “The thing that keeps me honest is my kids. They’re gonna have to face what I’m putting out one day, and I want them to be proud. I also want to be able to walk into a restaurant with my head held high.”
The frontman went on to say that much of the band’s new album focuses on his past mistakes and, particularly, his “arrogant” attitude in the early days of The Killers.
He said: “I think a good chunk of [the new] album is making peace with that. I’ve been cleaning it up for a long time. I don’t think that was really a great representation, an honest representation of who I am.
“It came from a place of insecurity and I would just puff my chest out and say things and put a lot of negativity out there. I basically came to regret that and I’m sure a lot of people can identify with that.”
The Killers will play:
Mon 6th Nov BIRMINGHAM, Genting Arena
Fri 10th Nov NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena
Mon 13th Nov MANCHESTER, Arena
Thurs 16th Nov DUBLIN, 3Arena
Fri 17th Nov BELFAST, SSE Arena
Sun 19th Nov LEEDS, First DIrect Arena
Mon 20th Nov GLASGOW, SSE Hydro
Tues 21st Nov ABERDEEN, GE Arena
Thurs 23rd Nov NOTTINGHAM, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Sat 25th Nov SHEFFIELD, Arena
Mon 27th Nov LONDON, The O2 Arena
Tues 28th Nov LONDON, The O2 Arena