Brandon Flowers Says The Killers Lack the “Drive” to Be a Bigger Band

Image Courtesy of Island RecordsWhen The Killers released their debut album, Hot Fuss, in 2004, the Las Vegas quartet became one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Ten years and three albums later, however, frontman Brandon Flowers feels like his band has underachieved.

"There's definitely a drive that we're lacking," Flowers tells NME. "It takes a lot of work and that's fine, everybody's different, everybody's gonna have their own road that they go down. Other than Coldplay I'm not sure anybody's made the dent that U2 were able to make. They were so much a part of the landscape and the timing of when they were coming out."

Flowers wants to be his era's defining band, but he thinks that the current musical landscape makes it difficult for any band to achieve that status.

"It's changed so much now, there's so much music out there and so much noise to compete with, it's strange times," he says. "So sometimes it's frustrating with four different people and four different personalities in this band, we don't have that whole history that U2 have of these four young kids that knew each other and grew up in the same town."

Speaking of U2, Flowers does say that it bothers him that The Killers aren't as successful as Bono's band.

"It is frustrating," he says. "People actually talk about how they don't feel like they're adequate, and it's a big band. I don't feel like that -- I feel like I can do it."

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