WASHINGTON — The Killers leaned into politics with their latest song, “Land of the Free.”
The band, which released its last album in 2017 with “Wonderful Wonderful,” released a song this week that focuses on border walls and gun violence.
The song was released with a video directed by Spike Lee.
Lead singer Brandon Flowers said in an interview with Zane Lowe that the ongoing violence in the U.S., along with ongoing pushes for a border wall, forced Flowers to speak out.
- “I would start the song and then I would put it away and I’d say, ‘I’m not the guy to do this,’” Flowers said, “or I’d feel inadequate, waiting, somebody’s going to write this song. Then it just piled up … Las Vegas, Orlando, Parkland, and it just kept coming and I was just like, I have to get this out.”
Flashback: Uproxx pointed out two previous moments when The Killers turned political.9 comments on this story
- In “Run For Cover,” a song from the band’s last album, the band use the term “fake news.” And there’s a line in that song, “Are your excuses any better than your senator's?”
Similarly: Flowers told NME that everyone is affected by politics.
- “You cannot say you’re not affected by politics, it’s seeped its way through. It seems inconceivable that Trump is gonna accomplish all of it. ... It sounds terrible that this person was elected but I got to believe that he’s either gonna get impeached or in three years he’ll be replaced by someone better. He’s not going to build a wall in three years,” he said.