Killers celebrate with a day ‘off’
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