The five-year gap between 2012's Battle Born and Wonderful Wonderful is the longest ever break between The Killers' albums. One reason for this was difficulties arising from the band members residing in different states (Brandon Flowers moved to Utah, Ronnie Vannucci and Dave Keuning relocated to California, and Mark Stoermer divides his time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. "The dynamic has changed," Flowers told Billboard magazine. "When we used to start writing, anything was possible. Now, there's a weight and something looming over us -- what we've done, if we can do it again. Those things creep into your mind."
In addition, while making Wonderful Wonderful, Flowers suffered from early sessions writer's block. He told UK newspaper The Sun: "It was frustrating. I remember hearing people talk about losing it. And as I've been pretty prolific, it was strange to feel like that. I felt lost but I just pushed through. I've always been hard-working, that's one of my attributes. I've a strong work ethic and so I sat at the piano and didn't give up."