For the last three days, the Killers’ official website has displayed a mysterious countdown clock, causing fans to speculate that the band was gearing up to announce a new album or tour. But now that the timer has run out, the game is up: Brandon Flowers has announced that he will take a break from his band and release a solo album.
Fans who visit the band’s website (or click over to Flowers’ official site) will see his name lit up like a neon casino sign on the Las Vegas strip along with an announcement that the Killers’ frontman has a solo album on the way. A rep for the Killers has confirmed to Rolling Stone that the album is titled Flamingo but added that no release date has been set yet. On Flowers’ website, fans can also hear a 1:30-long loop of new wave-ish pop music, featuring breathy female vocals, slide guitars and synths, which suggests this is the aesthetic Flowers will be showing off on his debut solo disc.
The announcement of Flowers’ album ends speculation about the future of the Killers: in January, the band revealed it was going on an “indefinite hiatus” after spending the better part of the last few years recording and touring behind third album Day & Age. Even before the hiatus update, rumors spread that Flowers was leaving the Killers to go the solo route, forcing the band’s label to issue a statement that read, “Brandon is not leaving the Killers to ‘go solo.’ ” With today’s announcement, however, we learned that while Flowers isn’t leaving the Killers, he is going solo.
Flowers isn’t the only member to embark on an extracurricular activity during the Killers’ vacation: Drummer Ronnie Vannucci has since been recruited by the new group Mt. Desolation, featuring members of Keane, Noah and the Whale, and Mumford and Sons.