Brandon Flowers Shares His Fear About The Backlash Against The Killers
The Killers’ Brandon Flowers recently joined a chat with the Guardian and expressed concern over potential backlash targeting his band.
Drummer Ronnie Vannucci was also present in the interview with his bandmate. When asked how tired or fed up they are with their song ‘Mr. Brightside,’ Vannucci described a special kind of energy exchange between the band and their audience during performances of the song, which feels automatic and natural. Then Flowers replied:
“I really don’t get bored of it. I’m able to feed off of the excitement of somebody who’s there, hearing it for the first time. I still get a thrill. My concern is that it’s going to turn on us, and there’s going to be a backlash, but it just keeps growing.”
The Rise Of ‘Mr. Brightside’ In Pop Culture
Released in 2004 as part of their debut album ‘Hot Fuss,’ ‘Mr. Brightside’ quickly became a hit. In the United Kingdom, it entered the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart and has become a staple in British pop culture. In 2018, the frontman sat down with Rolling Stone to reflect on the writing process of the track.
Reflecting On The Creation Of ‘Mr. Brightside’
He recalled feeling excited when he first heard their demo. The song describes the pain of seeing an ex with someone else. Flowers wrote the lyrics after his first serious breakup, living cheaply and writing by hand, not on a phone. He and guitarist Dave Keuning recorded a basic version with a drum machine, which later evolved into a famous song. He said the following about how the rest of it took shape:
“I hadn’t written a second verse, so I just sang it again. I changed a couple of words, and there’s a little bit of a different emphasis in the second verse, but that was just sort of procrastination. Sometimes it works out, I guess.”
Speaking to NME in 2015, the singer also implied that ‘Mr. Brightside’ might not have been successful if it were released in the current music industry environment. He mentioned that the song was actually released twice, in 2003 and 2004, and it didn’t do well initially. Flowers believes that today’s music industry, with its different approach to promotion and less loyalty to artists, wouldn’t give the song the same opportunity to become a hit as it did back then.