The Killers have released a new politically-charged song with emotional video by Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee.
The video for the track “Land Of The Free” takes place at the end of 2018. It was filmed at the U.S./Mexico border and captured scenes of migrant families. Lee had full creative rein for the video that takes aim at President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
The lyrics reference to President Trump’s planned border wall to keep migrant families out of the U.S.
“Down at the border/They’re gonna put up a wall/With concrete and rebar steel beams/High enough to keep all those filthy hands off of our hopes and our dreams/People who just want the same thing we do/In the land of the free” the song ends.
Check out the full video for “Land Of The Free” below and stream the track here.
Frontman Brandon Flowers recently talked about the current political climate and what inspired him to write the song in an interview with Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe.
“I think it is a very important time right now and ‘enough is enough’ was basically where it comes from,” Flowers said. “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. It was things like Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, things like what’s happening at the wall.”
“You know this stuff just 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 say, ‘I’m not the guy to do this.’ Or I would feel inadequate, waiting for … Somebody’s going to write this song. And then it just piled up and I finally just, you know, Las Vegas, Orlando, Parkland and it just kept coming. It was just like I’ve gotta, have to get this out.”
The song is the latest release from the band since the Killers released Wonderful Wonderful, their fifth studio album, in 2017.