Killers cel­e­brate with a day ‘off’

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of the star acts bound for the Aussie fes­ti­val bands like to call ‘‘the Big Day Off’’ say they took more time off to record their new al­bum than they’ve ever taken be­fore. The Killers, who head our way in Jan­uary to join the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers atop the Big Day Out bill, re­leased the al­bum, Bat­tle Born, ear­lier this month af­ter an 18-month, self-im­posed hia­tus. ‘‘The whole thing was made out to be a lit­tle bit gloomier than it re­ally was; we al­ways knew we were go­ing to make an­other record,’’ lead singer Bran­don Flow­ers says. ‘‘We just took more time off than we’ve ever taken.’’ The group stayed true to its her­itage on Bat­tle Born. ‘‘We weren’t born like this; we come from nor­mal fam­i­lies, work­ing-class fam­i­lies, and we’ve never re­ally lost sight of that,’’ Flow­ers says. ‘‘This al­bum is a cel­e­bra­tion . . . we’re be­yond all that worry and now it’s a cel­e­bra­tion; this is what we are, we are from here, we’re proud of it, this is the mu­sic we like, here you go. I don’t think there should be any­thing wrong with lov­ing your coun­try a lit­tle bit, hav­ing a lit­tle pa­tri­o­tism. My love for peo­ple doesn’t stop at the At­lantic or Pa­cific Ocean, or above Mon­tana; it’s with­out bor­ders.’’

The Killers play the Big Day Out, at Park­lands Show­grounds, on Jan­uary 20.

US rock­ers The Killers

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