The album marks the end of a hiatus triggered by the 18-month tour to support 2008 album Day and Age. A series of producers worked on Battle Born, including Madonna collaborator Stuart Price, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor and Brendan O’Brien. Songs confirmed to appear on the album include “Heart of a Girl,” “Flesh and Bone” and “Carry Me Home,” with the full tracklisting set to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Last month, singer Brandon Flowers explained the title of the album, saying: “In a sense, all Americans are battle born. Our ancestors came here for something better.” Drummer Ronnie Vanucci added: “It’s living up to its title. This is our difficult fourth record.”
On Wednesday, Flowers spoke to BBC DJ Zane Lowe and said of “Runaways” online debut: “I’m guilty of checking, seeing what the scoop is. I want people to like it, so I’m kind of curious as to what the reaction is. I’ve always felt good about this song. It’s exciting to think that we’re gonna be playing again – we want people to hear this new stuff.”
The reaction so far has been good. Though even some fans have compared “Runaways” to (variously) Meat Loaf, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. Battle Born will be released on September 17. “Runaways” will be on iTunes on July 17.