The Killers will have revealed that they will debut their new song “Runaways”, the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album Battle Born, on July 10. Ahead of that, we get the single cover art, which appears to be partly inspired by Salvador Dali, and features the lightening bolt prominently displayed in the album trailer.
The band spoke to Rolling Stone about making what they call “our difficult fourth record.” ”It gets harder as you get older,” says frontman Brandon Flowers. “You want to put in the same effort, and find the same focus you had when you knew you didn’t want to work at the casino anymore. We’re working it out.”
Flowers, who released a solo album Flamingo during the band’s hiatus, mentions that he took singing lessons to prepare himself for when The Killers would eventually regroup. ”It was like being in training,” he says. “I was keeping myself not just occupied, but ready.”
As for “Runaways”, the music mag describes the single as “a galloping arenaready cut that dates back to the night of a bad gig in Santa Barbara, California, in 2009. Frustrated by the apathy of the crowd, the band returned to its tour bus to work on the tune. [Drummer Ronnie] Vannucci remembers, ‘We were like, ‘Fuck that show, this song is great!’”