Debuting on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1, The Killers released their first single, “Land Of The Free,” off their forthcoming album.
In this piano-based ballad, The Killers tackle socio-political issues head-on. There is no hiding behind metaphors or layers of complex lyricism, “Land Of The Free” is as direct as ever.
Backed by a gospel choir the band tackles issues such as gun control (“So how many daughters, tell me how many sons / Do we have to have to put in the ground before we just break down and face it / We got a problem with guns”) and incarceration (“We got more people locked up than the rest of the world / Right here in red, white and blue / Incarceration's become big business”).
Lead singer Brandon Flowers tweeted from The Killers account a note about the song, claiming that the 2014 Sandy Hook shooting was when the song first started forming for him. He wrote “I love my country. I know these are complicated issues but whether you stand to the left, right, or straddle the line, you’ve gotta believe that we can do better.”
Flowers told Lowe that the plan is currently to release their new album in 2020. The Killers released their last album, “Wonderful Wonderful” in 2017.
You can stream “Land Of The Free” on Spotify here.
Article by Lindsey Lanham