The group’s poignant new visible was directed by Spike Lee.
The Killers are beginning out 2019 by sending an vital message in one of the best ways they know the way — by means of tune. The rock group shared a strong new monitor Monday morning (Jan. 14), titled "Land of the Free," which addresses the irony of America's nickname in a time when the nation feels slightly divided by tragedy.
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers shared a prolonged message concerning the tune's inspiration, explaining that the Sandy Hook Elementary School taking pictures in December 2012 was the primary incident that sparked the thought. "In the months and years that adopted, America can be hit with an onslaught of extra mass shootings of innocents and too many examples of racial injustice to disregard," he wrote. "After some self schooling and soul looking out…I couldn't assist however sit down and commit how I used to be feeling right into a tune."
The monitor begins with a haunting piano riff, with solely Flowers' voice telling his personal American story on the tune's first verse earlier than a choir joins on the refrain. It's a chilling mixture that turns into much more placing as Flowers continues, delivering sentiments just like the anthemic bridge: "So what number of daughters?/ Tell me what number of sons/ Do now we have to place within the floor/ Before we simply break down and face it?/ We've acquired an issue with weapons/ In the land of the free."
"Land of the Free" premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 present, throughout which Flowers admitted he felt "insufficient" for a tune as highly effective as this, however after tragedy continued to strike (particularly the taking pictures in his hometown of Las Vegas in 2017), he knew he needed to put it out. Though Flowers has by no means been one to shrink back from ardour in his vocals, it's simple to inform that "Land of the Free" is vital to the singer — and is well one in every of The Killers' most affecting tracks but.
Along with the monitor, The Killers launched the video for "Land of the Free," which was directed by Spike Lee. The Oscar-winning director filmed the video in late 2018, capturing heartbreaking, but shifting photographs of migrant households touring to the U.S./Mexico border making their means in direction of "the land of the free."
Watch the "Land of the Free" video and try Flowers' message on Instagram beneath.