In February 2010, The Killers were at a crossroads. They had sold over 15 million copies of ‘Hot Fuss’, ‘Sam’s Town’ and ‘Day & Age’, visited every corner of the globe, and become one of the world’s biggest rock ’n’ roll bands in the process, but they found themselves needing time to, as Brandon puts it, “put everything into perspective….so taking that time off was definitely the right move.”
After Brandon, Mark and Ronnie had all dabbled successfully in solo waters, it was the band’s rapturous live return headlining Lollapalooza festival in Chile that convinced them to, “Get back in the room together and write some songs.” After a few days, the song they all ended up coalescing around ‘Runaways’, which was to become the lead single from their fourth studio album ‘Battle Born’.
More songs followed: the title track, a musical ‘brother’ to its lead single; ‘Here With Me’, the album’s heartstring-tugging emotional gravity-centre; the stadia-quaking electro-rock of ‘Flesh & Bone’. ‘Battle Born’ is an album made with the live arena and fans’ expectations in mind. “I feel like there are a lot of live moments on this album, more than we’ve ever had before,” says Brandon. “I feel like people are going to be able to relate to and understand these songs. Pound for pound, this is our strongest record, and I’m really excited about it. We’re starting to feel more comfortable being what we are. And we’re proud of what we are.”