Brandon Flowers has spoken out about the future of The Killers, telling fans to expect better than their last album Battle Born as it 'wasn't good enough'.
The frontman is gearing up to release his second solo album, The Desired Effect, clearly feeling invigorated after being left a bit underwhelmed from The Killers' last record.
We quite liked the album, writing at the time that Battle Born was 'ridiculous, romantic and righteous - but we wouldn't want it any other way', however speaking to NME, Flowers has said that the LP "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."
Responding to reports that he'd called his bandmates 'lazy', Flowers said: "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 added: "I don't fear the end of The Killers – if it's over, it's over. 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."
Last year, there was a fear among fans after the band suggested they'd be 'taking a break', before Flowers admitted that the band were suffering from a 'frustrating lack of drive'.
He's since said that reports of a 'hiatus' within the band "made it sound a little bit more ominous than it really was" - and that they were already in talks for new material, they just needed a 'kick in the pants'.
"Everything is fine," he said. "I've been talking to Dave [Keuning, guitarist], and he hasn't sounded this excited about making music in a long time. So that, in turn, makes me excited. I feel like when he's at his best, and when we're all collaborating, is when the Killers are at their best, and that's what we really need. I've said it before – I think we need a little bit of a kick in the pants, and hopefully it's coming."
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Flowers will release his second solo album The Desired Effect on 18 May, before embarking on a massive EU, UK and US tour. Full dates are below. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Brandon Flowers will play:
May 19, 2015 - Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland
May 21, 2015 - O2 Academy Brixton - London, England, United Kingdom
May 22, 2015 - O2 Academy Brixton - London, England, United Kingdom
May 24, 2015 - Academy- Manchester, England, United Kingdom
May 25, 2015 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
May 26, 2015 - O2 Academy - Leeds, England, United Kingdom
May 28, 2015 - O2 Academy - Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
May 29, 2015 - Le Trianon Hall - Paris, France
May 31, 2015 - Huxley’s - Berlin, Germany
June 1, 2015 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 2, 2015 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, Belgium
June 3, 2015 - E-Werk - Cologne, Germany
June 5, 2015 - Fabrique - Milan, Italy
June 7, 2015 - Debaser Medis - Stockholm, Sweden
July 24 - 26, 2015 - WayHome Music & Arts Festival, Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada
July 25 - 26, 2015 - Mo Pop Festival - Detroit, MI
July 27, 2015 - Mr. Smalls Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
July 29, 2015 - Echostage - Washington, DC
July 30, 2015 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
July 31, 2015 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
August 3, 2015 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
August 4, 2015 - Terminal 5 - New York City, NY
August 7, 2015 - Squamish Valley Music Festival - Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
August 9, 2015 - The Rave / Eagles Club - Milwaukee, WI
August 10, 2015 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
August 11, 2015 - The National - Richmond, VA
August 13, 2015 - The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
August 14, 2015 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC
August 15, 2015 - NorVa - Norfolk, VA
August 17, 2015 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
August 18, 2015 - Beacham Theatre - Orlando, FL
August 19, 2015 - The Fillmore Miami Beach - Miami Beach, FL
September 2, 2015 - Fox Theare - Oakland, CA
September 3, 2015 - Roseland Threatre - Portland, OR
September 10, 2015 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
September 24, 2015 - Summer Ends Music Festival - Tempe, Arizona
September 26, 2015 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
October 1, 2015 - Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX