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The Killers return to Nevada roots in Battle Born

Published on Oct 4, 2012 6:08 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A decade after The Killers' debut in the United Kingdom's (UK) indie-rock scene, the United States (US) 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 "fantasised" about England as a teenager, he quickly found himself an outsider after the band's first UK trip a decade ago.

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