Brandon Flowers Talks The Killers’ ‘Direct Hits’, M83 Collaboration, Underappreciated Singles
Las Vegas arena-rock favorites the Killers has been a band for more than a decade already, with the ten year anniversary of their legendary debut, Hot Fuss, rapidly approaching next summer (June 7, 2014, to be exact).
With the band ready to hop a plane for their first-ever performance in Singapore later that day, the dynamic frontman, Brandon Flowers, sat down for an interview with Radio.com to talk about the Killers’ upcoming greatest hits collection, Direct Hits, due for release on November 11.
Mixed among smash singles like “Mr. Brightside” and “When We Were Young,” the Killers recorded a pair of new songs, “Just Another Girl” with longtime producer Stuart Price (who Flowers called “my brother”) as well as the band’s first collaboration with Anthony Gonzalez, better known as the man behind synth-rock sensation M83, on the track “Shot at the Night.”
“We love Anthony. It was nice getting to know him when we played with him on our (2008 full-length) Day & Age tour,” Flowers remarked about the M83 frontman. “He’s one of the best ping-pong players that I’ve encountered in my life. I guess in France they teach these things. He also loves a lot of the same music that we do, and so it was great to finally come together and do it,” adding that they started work on a second song together, although where it will eventually end up is anybody’s guess at this point.
Flowers was thoughtful when inquired about the process of picking tracks to include on Direct Hits, including one that didn’t quite make the cut.
“Most of the songs are singles. There’s a song called ‘The Way it Was’ that was never a single that maybe should’ve been a single,” Flowers pondered on the tracklist. “I wonder if ‘This River is Wild’ should be on there…you’re never going to be completely happy.”