Frontman claims people haven't recognised what they've accomplished
Sean Kerwick

09:38 18th May 2015

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Brandon Flowers has claimed that The Killers are 'the best band in a long time', in a new interview where he also talks about where the group are at and odd habits.

Flowers, who this week releases second solo album The Desired Effect, made the statement in a new interview with The Independent where he spoke about his consistent work ethic which the rest of the band lack, at one point he even says "I'd prefer to be talking to you about a Killers' record."

He went on to discuss the group's achievements over their 12 year career: "Whether the people want to accept it or not, we might be the best band in the last long time...I'd go up any night against just about any band that's come out in the last 15 years. Not that it's a competition, but I do feel sometimes people don't have a grasp on what we've accomplished and what we've acquired. Everyone should come see The Killers! We're more than just a New Wave revival thing."

He also went on to talk about odd habits he has developed, namely collecting his facial hair in a bag since he shaved off his trademark moustache in 2008: "I have a Ziploc bag full of hair. I'll grow five or six days growth, make sure that the sink is dry, use an electric razor, catch it in the sink, and then I'm able to just scoop it into the bag!"

Listen to Brandon Flowers' 'Lonely Town' below:

Flowers' new solo album The Desired Effect is released today (May 18) which follows 2010's Flamingo and The Killers' Battle Born released in 2012. The new album features guest vocals from The Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant, and Danielle from Haim as well as percussion from Killers bandmate Ronnie Vannucci.

Flowers kicks off his massive European tour this week which will see him stopping off for two nights at London's Brixton Academy with support from Joywave. 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 

  • 1. In July 2003, Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer, and Ronnie Vannucci Jr sign to UK label Lizard King Records after disinterest from American labels.

  • 2. Zane Lowe plays 'Mr Brightside' on BBC Radio 1 in August 2003. The band begin performing shows in London.

  • 3. 'Mr Brightside', a song in inspired by an unfaithful ex-girlfriend of Flowers, has a limited release in September 2003.

  • 4. Autumn 2003: A level of buzz now surrounds the band and Island Def Jam signs them in the US.

  • 5. Hot Fuss is released in the UK in June 2004 and is a huge success. The album reaches No.1 and goes seven times Platinum.

  • 6. Singles from the album 'Somebody Told Me', 'Smile Like You Mean It' and 'All These Things That I've Done' are further hits.

  • 7. The band are nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2005, with Hot Fuss up for Best Rock Album and 'Somebody Told Me' nominated for two awards including Best Rock Song.

  • 8. Brandon Flowers promises second album Sam's Town will become of the best albums of the past 20 years. However, it receives a mixed response from fans and critics when it is released in October 2006.

  • 9. Late 2006: The lead single from Sam's Town, 'When You Were Young', goes Platinum in the United States.

  • 10. The band win two Brit awards in February 2007 for Best International Act and Best International Album.

  • 11. They headline Madison Square Garden and Glastonbury Festival for the first time in April and June 2007 respectively.

  • 12. The band release a collaboration with their hero Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground, called 'Tranquilize'. The song is taken from, Sawdust, a compilation of B-sides and rarities and is released in November 2007.

  • 13. Day & Age, the band's third studio album, is released in November 2008, with the lead single, 'Human' going Platinum, although the album sells disappointingly compared to previous releases.

  • 14. In the summer of 2009, they headline American festivals Lollapalooza and Coachella for the first time. In July, they perform at London's Royal Albert Hall over two days. A live concert DVD, Live from Royal Albert Hall, is released and goes Platinum.

  • 15. After two years of taking the Day & Age tour worldwide, the band announce a hiatus.

  • 16. During this time, lead singer Brandon Flowers releases a solo album, Flamingo, which reaches No.1. Lead single Crossfire enters the top 10.

  • 17. In June 2011, the band headline Lollapalooza and Hard Rock Calling in London for the second time after a year-and-a-half's break.

  • 18. In June 2012, fourth studio album Battle Born is released and goes straight to No.1.

  • 19. June 2013: Following on from the success of Battle Born, the band play to their biggest crowd yet, the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium at a critically-acclaimed headline show.

  • 20. A picture containing six lines of morse code is tweeted by the band. Fans translated the code to 'The Killers Shot At The Night' .

  • 21. On September 16, 2013, exactly ten years after their first ever show in London, the Killers release "Shot At The Night", the first single off their first greatest hits compilation, Direct Hits

  • 22. The Killers release their greatest hits album Direct Hits in November 2013. Of the album, Brandon Flowers said: "This record feels like a great way to clean everything up and move onto the next thing." Watch this space.

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