On Monday, The Killers took to Apple’s Beats 1 Radio to debut a brand new song. “Land Of The Free” is the first new music from the band since their fifth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful, was released in 2017.
The new track tackles a much different message than the band’s previous works. After being hit hard by the continuous bad news cycle of recent years in America, frontman Brandon Flowers took to Instagram to explain his meaning behind the political anthem.
“I think it’s a very important time right now. And ‘enough was enough’ is basically where it comes from. It started in my mind around when Sandy Hook happened, and as a father how that affected me. And then it just started stacking up — things like Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, things like what’s happening at the wall. This stuff didn’t seem to be in harmony with the values that I believe my country was founded on. I would start the song and then I would put it away and I’d say, ‘I’m not the guy to do this,’ 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.”
In the past, The Killers have been the kind of band to allude to the true meaning of their song or layer the message with deep lyrics, but in “Land Of The Free”, the message is clear: the America we see before us isn’t working.
In a second post, Flowers went on to say, “I love my country. I know that these are complicated issues but whether you stand to the left, right, or straddle the line, you’ve gotta believe we can do better.”
“Land Of The Free” is available now on all streaming services. The song is stated to be a one-off single, but the band has plans to return to the studio this year for a new album in 2020. The full video (directed by Spike Lee) for the song can be found below.