"Heavy" isn't necessarily what comes to mind when someone says the Killers, but in a new interview with Q Magazine, frontman Brandon Flowers mentions the band's highly anticipated new material feels "heavier than anything we've ever done," (via NME).
Flowers also discusses some of the album's tracks specifically, adding: "There's also really beautiful things."
“There are moments that feel heavier than anything we’ve ever done, not that we’re the heaviest band in the world, but they have a finesse because of our experience,” says Flowers. “There’s also really beautiful things. Lyrically, it’s really close to home.”
Since September, the Killers have been working on their fifth full-length, slated to follow-up 2012's Battle Born. The band have recorded in Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles and Joshua Tree.
Flowers mentions a song called "Rut," one they're "excited about."
He goes on: "Another is called ‘Run For Cover’ and that comes from Day & Age, so it’s 8-years-old. It started with Stuart Price, and it still sort of has his stamp on it—but we’re funneling it back through the band eight years later with a different producer. I never got the lyrics right and I think I’m gonna get it right this time. ‘Run For Cover’ looks like it’s got a good shot [of being on the album].”
Another track is "Tyson Vs Douglas," named after the 1990 boxing match. On that, Flowers says: "I don’t know why but I think about it all the time and i finally tried to tackle it in a song, what it meant to have this hero of mine get torn down, and then everything that happened after that.”
Flowers continues and addresses the recent 10th anniversary celebration of Sam's Town: “I think in that aspect it was integral. It made me remember how cohesive everything was, there’s something really together about it. we put out Direct Hits after Battle Born, and I feel like that was the end of something.
"Now it’s about re-imagining The Killers as men now. People with life experiences and blood on their hands, seeing what we look like with callouses and lines around our eyes.”
Recently, the Killers called out fast-food chain Panda Express for a fortune cookie that had the title of their song "Smile Like You Mean It," from their debut album Hot Fuss.
The Killers also tweeted Panda Express: "Hey @PandaExpress. Put your money where your tweets are and help feed hungry people with some of that Panda love? #tweetnsour."
As a result, the chain donated food to foundation Serving Our Kids.
This yet-to-be-titled album is the Killer's first in five years.