In the firing line Not everyone likes The Killers Not everyone likes Bradon Flowers So what happens when he goes and makes a solo album?
he Killers are not folk. Far from it. But front man Brandon Flowers has embarked on a solo venture after the band has taken a sabbatical from their hectic worldwide touring that has spawned over half a decade since the either-love-it-or-hate-it ‘Mr Brightside’ stormed the charts. He doesn’t like doing interviews but it seems that Flowers is going to have to psyche himself up for the inevitable barrage of media requests he is about to receive pending the release of his debut album this month. The aptly named ‘Flamingo,’ which pays homage to the famous Las Vegas casino in Flower’s hometown is a definite move away from his rock ‘n’ roll persona. A practising Mormon, who claims his devotion to a religion that frowns upon alcohol, tobacco, tattoos, premarital sex and body piercings, it isn’t all that hard to believe that Flowers have gone down the dusty desert trail of folk-rock. Though Flowers initially wrote these songs
for The Killers, there are few of the rollicking anthems the band is known for on the album. For Killers fans, you’ll be glad to hear that this is not a long-term thing, the band in not on a definite hiatus, they plan to set a date to head back into the studio next year. Drummer Ronnie Vannuci has embarked on a similar solo move, part-taking in Mt. Desolation, a side project with input from Long Winters, Keane and Noah & The Whale. Produced by Daniel Lanois, who worked on Neil Young’s last album, ‘Flamingo’ carries a distinctly more rustic and sombre tone that has the Threadbare team intrigued.
‘Flamingo’ is in stores and available to download online from September 6. For more info and Brandon Flowers tour dates go to: www.threadbaremusic.co.uk
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