The Killers will officially return on September 18 with Battle Born, their first album since 2008’s Day & Age and the first since announcing they were going on hiatus in 2010.
The album takes its name from the phrase emblazoned on the flag of their home state, Nevada (it’s also the name of the Killers’ studio), and has already been preceded by triumphant first single “Runaways.” Other songs on the album include “Here With Me,” “Flesh & Bone,” “Heart of a Girl” and “Carry Me Home.”
Battle Born features production from a host of heavyweights, including Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Brendan O’Brien and Stuart Price, who helmed the sessions for Day & Age. In a press release issued Tuesday (July 10), a spokesperson for the Killers said the band will play “select dates” in support of the album throughout 2012.
During the band’s hiatus, frontman Brandon Flowers released a solo album, Flamingo, which was followed by solo efforts from drummer Ronnie Vannucci and bassist Mark Stoermer. They returned to the stage in April 2011, with a headlining gig at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chile, and then began working on Battle Born the following month in their studio. Last month, they officially unveiled their new disc via an appropriately epic teaser trailer, which featured plenty of flames, and, of course, nearly as many synths.