Insiders who’ve heard The Killers report the new single as being in the vein of “When You Were Young,” regarding the song’s somewhat more rock-leaning instrumentation. “Runaways” is set to be the first single from The Killers’ long-awaited fourth full-length album, titled Battle Born, the name shared by their recording studio and home state of Nevada.
Rolling Stone, in a preview of their new album, report that “Runaways” dates back to at least 2009, when the band played it to a less-than-receptive audience in Santa Barbara, CA. The band were not daunted by initial reactions and chose to develop, and ultimately keep the track.
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, no question,” says front man Brandon Flowers speaking about the album. “It’s the longest we’ve ever taken to make a record, and the longest I’ve ever spent on the lyrics. We thought we had enough songs, but then we realized that we didn’t, and so we had to pound away and grind it out until we were certain that we were ready.” Flowers continues, “I feel like there are a lot of live moments on this album, more than we’ve ever had before. I feel like people are going to be able to relate to and understand these songs.”
“Runaways” is scheduled to impact the planet on July 10th, months ahead of its album’s September release.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, front man Brandon Flowers gave some insight into the album’s title.
“In a sense, all Americans are battle born. Our ancestors came here for something better,” said Flowers. The title is also the name of the band’s studio and nickname for their home state of Nevada.
Confirmed song titles on the album include “Runaways,” “Carry Me Home,” “Flesh and Bone,” and “Heart Of A Girl.” Some producers that band have worked with are Steve Lillywhite and Brendan O’Brien.
Drummer Ronnie Vannucci said that Battle Born will be their “difficult fourth record” and that the music writing process is “living up” to its title.