Ronnie Vannucci and Brandon Flowers of The Killers // Some Rights Reserved // Danny Wilson
Members of The Killers have suggested that guitar bands are not doing enough to compete with DJs and dance music. Singer, Brandon Flowers, and guitarist, Ronnie Vannucci, Jr, both agreed that it is currently a difficult time for rock bands.
In an interview with KROQ, Flowers said:
“I don’t necessarily think there’s a lack of rock bands. I think we’re not writing good enough songs. I don’t think that it’s competing with that stuff, I guess. But when a rock song is great, no DJ can capture that feeling. I guess that’s my point.”
Ronnie Vannucci, Jr, agreed with Flowers' sentiments.
“If you’re a young band coming right, and you were raised on the Rolling Stones or even Nirvana… there’s not a home for you right now," he said.
"It seems like it’s difficult to get in.”
The remarks come just a week after the band released their fourth album Battle Born, which was slammed by some critics for stepping too far away from their roots as a four-piece rock band.
Hermione Hoby of the Observer wrote:
"The lumbering, laboured emoting of the ballad Here with Me confirms that the harder they strain for grandiloquence, the more ridiculous the Killers sound."
Robert Leedham of Drowned in Sound wrote:
"When you consider The Killers wrote ‘Mr Brightside’ in their first band practice, it’s tragic to see how far they have fallen with Battle Born."
Despite negative reviews from a number of critics, the band have achieved commercial success with the album, which peaked at number 1 in the UK album charts, and number 3 in the US Billboard 200.
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