The Killers had a ''chip on their shoulder'' when they were starting out.

The 'Runaways' band played tiny venues in the UK to often indifferent crowds before they became a household name with the release of debut album 'Hot Fuzz' in 2004, and the band don't miss the hard days on the road.

Singer Brandon Flowers told UK radio station XFM: ''Those were scary gigs. It was paying your dues. It was a fun time, but it was also just trying to win people over. It's a fight every night.

''Now it's nice to have people familiar with what you do and have them celebrate. As opposed to having a chip on your shoulder.''

Brandon has also admitted in the early days of the band he used to wear eccentric outfits and acted cocky as a way of dealing with The Changes around him as the band's popularity grew.

He said: ''I grew up in Utah, and all of a sudden we're getting popular in London - the coolest city in the world - and we were like, 'This is not what we're cut from.'

''So I puffed up my chest and spread the feathers - that was my reaction to that. I do have a belief in myself and in the band, but it wasn't like that.''

The Killers - completed by Dave Keuning, Ronnie Vannucci, Jr and Mark Stoermer - will release their fourth album, 'Battle Born', on September 18.