The Killers return to Nevada roots in "Battle Born"

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A decade after The Killers' debut in the UK's indie-rock scene, the U.S. rock band has finally found its way back home to Las Vegas, drawing inspiration in the 'city of sin' for the album "Battle Born".

The release, which topped the UK album chart and debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 album chart last week, was named after the motto on Nevada's state flag.

By contrast, the band's 2004 British debut album "Hot Fuss", produced by UK label Lizard King Records, was strongly inspired by lead singer Brandon Flowers' love for Manchester, England, home of the music that he admired such as New Order, Oasis, The Smiths and Joy Division.

Flowers, 31, the primary song-writer and stylish frontman known for his clean-cut look, dapper outfits and use of "guyliner" in the band's earlier days, said that while he had "fantasized" about England as a teenager, he quickly found himself an outsider after the band's first UK trip a decade ago.

"It was the first time any of us had left the country, we all had passports and we were excited, and we flew there, and very quickly I realized I don't really identify with these people," Flowers said in an interview.

"Musically, we have a lot of inspiration from (England) but it made (me) really get introspective and try and figure out what I was personally, and that made me identify with my roots."

The singer is a practicing Mormon and appeared with his wife and children in a video promoting his faith, gaining a fan in U.S. Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney who is also a Mormon. Flowers laughed off the political connection, saying "our music is for everybody."

"It doesn't bother us that one particular candidate likes us or if another doesn't. For the most part, from (UK prime minister) David Cameron to Obama to Romney, everybody likes us," Flowers said.   Continued...

Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. of the rock band The Killers gestures as the band receives the Vanguard Award at the 27th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California April 21, 2010. REUTERS/David McNew