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BRANDON Flowers is tired, possibly a little grumpy and definitely a hard man to pin down. But after finally getting The Killers' frontman on the line from his home in Las Vegas to talk about the band's coming Australian arena tour, it's easy to forgive him.
After all, The Killers have been pretty much recording and touring for three years straight since the stunning success of their debut album, the five million-selling Hot Fuss.
More importantly, Flowers is coming to terms with fatherhood, his first child Ammon (a good Mormon name for the son of a Mormon) having been born just two weeks ago.
"It's obviously a life-changing experience and it's a remarkable thing – I have prepared myself for this. I would chop my fingers off for my baby and I never really felt like that for anyone really."
Flowers has had to fit his son's birth into a very busy schedule. As recently as last month the band was headlining European summer festivals and will return to Europe briefly before heading to Australia in November.
The Killers have already toured here once this year, providing one of the highlights of the Big Day Out. That tour came hard on the heels of the band's second album, Sam's Town, and while Flowers and his bandmates Dave Keuning (guitar), Mark Stoermer (bass) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr (drums), are keen to return, they are also wary of overexposure. "I look at it as striking while the iron is hot, with the iron being our creativity right now," says Flowers, with his trademark cockiness.
"I think we are writing the best songs ever written and I can't wait to put out a third album. So I am taking advantage of that – I don't want people to think we are taking advantage of them."
Last time The Killers were in Australia, in the middle of a world tour, they took time out to record the song Dreamland, which might make it on to their next album.
Sam's Town has proved to be the band's "difficult second album". Following the near-perfect pop of the retro-sounding, seethe-infused Hot Fuss and its hits such as Somebody Told Me and Mr Brightside, it was always going to be a tall order and it has so far only sold just over half of its predecessor's tally.
When the band departed from its 1980s Brit band-inspired sound to embrace their American heritage and Bruce Springsteen, critics were divided. Flowers' assertion that it was one of the best albums of the past 20 years didn't help, either, but he stands by his bold statement, claiming that most of the barbs were aimed at him personally rather than the music.