Brandon Flowers: ‘The new Killers manuscript is a beast’


Back in March, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers went viral after he posted a video of him soaking his hands while humming a band’s initial ever single, “Mr Brightside”. It was a tonic a internet indispensable – 30 seconds of light service amid a sea of bad news and tellurian misunderstanding – and a sign of usually how entire that strike still is, 13 years after a release. 

One of a many iconic indie anthems of all time, it propelled a immature Las Vegas band, founded by Flowers and guitarist Dave Keuning, to tellurian stone star status. Their 2004 entrance album, Hot Fuss, was approved 7 times gold here in a UK, staying in a tip 100 for some-more than 200 uninterrupted weeks, with any of a 4 albums they have expelled given all going to No1 too. 

Fun fact: The Killers indeed reason a record for a many uninterrupted No1 albums in a UK for an general act and are deliberate a many successful rope to have ever come out of Nevada, with some-more than 28 million tellurian manuscript sales underneath their glam-rock belts.

Now, Flowers is gearing adult to recover The Killers’ sixth album, Imploding The Mirage, with a second singular from a record, “Fire In Bone”, nearing today. The rope has headlined Glastonbury and played locus gigs all over a world, from Wembley to Madison Square Garden, and there is, of course, an Imploding The Mirage track debate slated for this year. 

It has, for apparent reasons, now been postponed, yet to give we an suspicion of usually how hotly expected these shows are, 250,000 tickets were sole in dual hours here in Britain alone. For now, though, Flowers – who has reliable that Keuning did not take partial in this manuscript and will not be on a debate – is holed adult with his mother and 3 children during home in Utah, from where he dialled in for this interview.

Here, he talks about his unequivocally beginnings, from The Killers’ initial uncover and a initial time he met fans to how he finished that hand-washing video and since he feels certain that this new manuscript is “a beast”.

The initial time we realised we wanted to be a musician…

I toyed around with a suspicion for a while, yet it didn’t unequivocally penetrate in until we bought David Bowie’s Hunky Dory when we was 19. Any chairman in their right mind would have listened that record and given up, yet instead we ran towards this suspicion of being a musician. we theory we was kind of inebriated by it during that point.

The initial time we played in front of a live audience…

With The Killers, a initial time was in early 2002 during a place called The Boston. It was a bar in Las Vegas and they had internal nights – we would usually schlep your rigging over and get yourself on a list with about 10 bands on it to find a slot. It was kind of bizarre since we had to navigate when we were going to play – it wasn’t usually a set time, we had to work it out with a other bands about who was going, when. we remember arguing with a thespian from another rope since he was perplexing to pull us off of a container since he had to collect adult his partner from a frame bar he worked at. It was one of a initial times it got exhilarated and we were happy we had your squad with you. The rope became like a gang; it was a bizarre time.

The initial time we finished income out of being a musician…

I indeed don’t remember, it contingency have taken a prolonged time. Getting a coupon from David Letterman stands out as unequivocally exciting. You get these orthodox cheques when we do a uncover like that, so it would have been before we had an accountant or anything, and we got sent this cheque. It was surreal, delightful and exciting. It unequivocally ticked all those boxes!

The initial time we blew your paycheque frivolously…

I bought a Volkswagen Touareg, SUV. It was all murdered out, all black, and that would have been in 2005. It was a initial time we was means to buy anything yet creation payments.

The initial time we began work on a new album…

Probably a year before we announced it [in November]. We’ve been doing this for 19 years now, so we have a lot of experience. There’s a certain volume of certainty that comes with all a gigs we’ve played and all a annals we’ve finished and we’re means to request that with a strangely confident opinion on life. we consider it’s unequivocally good. Whenever you’re putting an manuscript out we consider it’s unequivocally good – if we don’t, we shouldn’t put it out – so usually time will tell, yet it seems like it’s a beast.

The initial time we got scrupulously drunk…

I worked during a golf march when we was 16 and someone brought a bottle of Aftershock, a cinnamon liquor. We don’t splash as early as we guys do and, during that age, that was an sparkling prospect. Our pursuit was to get all a carts spotless and put divided after they sealed down a golf march – all a people that run a golf march are left by that point. We started removing stranded into this Aftershock and we got unequivocally drunk. Was it bad? No, life was towering for a integrate of hours.

The initial time we put together a theatre outfit…

My eighth category graduation. we was a usually child that played an instrument, so we was submitted to do a piano piece. we played “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John – it was when Lion King was renouned – and we picked out some terrible khakis and a bizarre cream sweater. we was in a unequivocally ungainly proviso of my life.

The initial time we fell scrupulously in love…

Until my wife, we consider we had usually gifted infatuation. She’s a unequivocally friendly creature. We met during a preservation store, we was indeed with Dave and we were looking for garments for a initial gig. We were looking for, what do we guys call it, gig clobber? She was on her approach to work, she worked during this wardrobe store Betsy Johnsons, and she stopped by. She approached me and asked me if we went to gigs, we was stupid, we didn’t realize she was attack on me. we didn’t go to gigs during a time so it was kind of a tedious exchange, that was it, yet before she left she wrote her name and series on a square of paper and walked adult to me and handed it to me. Then she usually walked out with her palm over her mouth, it was usually adorable, and we was bending from afterwards on. This would have been 2004.

The initial time a politician finished we mad…

Back in center school, a clergyman gave us an assignment where we had to select a administrator or senator to write to, in a hopes that they would lapse a favour. we chose a man named senator Orrin Hatch and we watched as, one by one, everybody got their respond minute and showed it to a class. we never got one behind from Orrin Hatch.

The initial time we met a fan…

I remember a initial one that left an impression. It would have been 2004, we was behind Brixton Academy and assembly these kids that were fans – we contend kids, yet they were substantially about my age during a time – and we beheld their shirts. It was dimly lit, yet it looked like they had Killers shirts on, since of a logo, yet what they had indeed finished is taken a pattern yet created “victims”. It was incredible. Our fans call themselves “victims” and that was a initial time we saw it in movement – it took me behind a tiny bit. we still get a comfortable feeling from it.

The initial time we went viral… Can we tell us about a ‘Mr Brightside’ hand-washing video?

We roughly got hoodwinked by a feign Italian video, all those people singing from their balconies. Somebody sent me that and we were about to post it, before we realised it wasn’t real. So my initial suspicion was to post something that was real. we had my mother film me fast soaking my hands and singing “Mr Brightside” during a sink. It was a initial time I’ve ever finished anything like that, yet we listened it was one of a songs we could sing while soaking your hands if we didn’t wish to use “Happy Birthday”. It had a flattering large impact, yet it was usually a jaunty thing.

Do we get wearied of behaving ‘Mr Brightside’? 

I unequivocally don’t. I’ve always been angry by bands that secrete those forms of songs from their fans. I’m means to hear it by a hearts of a fans when I’m on stage. It’s not mislaid on me that this competence be someone’s initial concert, or their initial time observant The Killers, that of march they wish to hear that song. It would be a wrong thing to do to secrete it.

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The initial time we were given any unequivocally glorious advice…

I can’t consider of any… There is bad recommendation we didn’t take though. we was told by a record executive that we should be a star on a theatre and off a stage. He gave me an instance of a tag partner we had during a time, who was creation headlines fundamentally since he was vital debaucherously, yet this man was also on a charts and in arenas, so he was saying, “That’s a star.” we realised right when he pronounced it that it wasn’t a trail for me – my suggestion usually deserted it. As shortly as we supposed that, it was roughly like this obscurity had lifted, divulgence this other highway we could take, that was usually perplexing to be myself and still be a songwriter and a performer.

The initial record we bought…

The Cars Greatest Hits. That song was handed down to me by my brother: he was going by high propagandize when all that song was in full swing. When we was 12 or 13, grunge was in full swing, yet that’s usually not my thing, so rather perplexing to assimilate, appreciate heavens we had my hermit giving me no wave, new wave, indie music… It was a lifesaver.

The initial time we met Dave Keuning…

Late 2001. He put an ad out in a classifieds in these giveaway weekly magazines that we used to scour. Everybody would put their influences in their ad, so we didn’t even demeanour during who it was, I’d usually check what bands they were into. It was unequivocally singular to find bands that we favourite – new steel and a lot of complicated steel was unequivocally renouned during a time – so when we flipped by and saw “Smashing Pumpkins. Oasis. The Beatles” it unequivocally stood out. It finished it easy to call that person.

The initial time we got given a rider…

It was unequivocally slim-pickings in a early days. We non-stop for British Sea Power on a UK debate and in any venue they’d have a sauce room and we would be in a corridor with a tiny supplement usually on a table. It wasn’t bad, it was usually essentials such as houmous, drink and water.

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