Rock band the Killers embrace pop on new album

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By Cortney Harding

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Chameleonic Killers frontman Brandon Flowers seems to sport a new look for every album his band releases.

He was a dandy for 2004's "Hot Fuss" and an urban cowboy on 2006's "Sam's Town." For "Day & Age," due November 24 from Island Def Jam, he's remade himself as a new waver. The looks makes sense, since "Day and Age" was produced by Madonna collaborator Stuart Price and sometimes sounds like it was beamed straight out of an '80s disco. But Flowers stopped dancing long enough to answer some questions.

1. MANY POPULAR ROCK BANDS LIVE VERY PUBLIC LIVES ONLINE,

YET YOU AND THE KILLERS ARE MUCH MORE PRIVATE. DO YOU FEEL ANY

PRESSURE TO START A WEB SITE AND TELL EVERYONE WHAT YOU ATE FOR

BREAKFAST?

I'm not very good at talking to fans. I don't think we try to be mysterious on purpose, but most of this blogging and twittering doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I grew up before everyone had a computer and a Web site. It's not that we don't care about our fans, but we don't see the need to communicate with them in that way. Hell, we're so old-school we don't even pay someone to blog for us.

2. HOW MUCH INPUT DO YOU AND THE REST OF THE BAND HAVE WHEN   Continued...

 
<p>U.S. band The Killers' lead singer Brandon Flowers performs during the Glastonbury music festival in Somerset, south-west England, in this file photo from June 23, 2007. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez</p>