Brandon Flowers seems to have a knack for talking a lot and annoying people (like when he compared Sam’s Town to Springsteen’s music and called it “one of the best albums in the past twenty years”). Flowers recently spoke to NME.com about his desire for The Killers to be as popular in the US as they are in Britain. His biggest obstacle? The American music fan.
“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been embraced in Britain in a way that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never understand, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s such a wonderful thing,” he declared. “But over here [in America], people are still so obsessed with Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, those sorts of bands, that nobody else is allowed [to grow].”
He added: “ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not just us; there are a lot of great bands that have been held down or confined by the influence of these people that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve put up on pedestals. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m tired of it, you know? I just want to knock them all off! And people donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like that attitude. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s almost like they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s possible that anybody else can be the real deal.
“It doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t matter how many great songs we write or how many great shows we play. But weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re slowly chipping away at it. With this last album ['Day And Age'], thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a noticeable shift but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re still nowhere near where we are in Europe.”