The Killers have released their new stand alone song, ‘Land Of The Free’, with an epic video by none other than Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee.
The band gave Spike Lee full creative rein, and he filmed the video over a few weeks at the tail end of 2018, traveling to the U.S./Mexico border to capture scenes of migrants families as they made their way towards ‘the land of the free’.
Lead singer Brandon Flowers released a statement about the new song on the band’s Facebook page. Flowers’ said the new song’s lyrics were written during the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting in the US.
“On December 14th, 2012, I woke up, unlocked my phone and, like so many others, saw the pleas to ‘Pray for Sandy Hook,’” he wrote. “The news was devastating. Heart-wrenching. A gut punch. But, sadly, not as shocking as it should have been. As a father I’ll never fully comprehend what that community and those parents went through. But my church upbringing taught me to mourn with those that mourn and I did it the best way that I knew how. I cried for those kids and teachers. I got on my knees and I prayed for those families.
“We dishonor our values, our ancestors and our heritage when we tear gas our brothers and sisters seeking asylum,” Flowers continued. “I see my family in the faces of these vulnerable people. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that my grandmother and her family immigrated from Lithuania to escape the U.S.S.R.’s oppression. They chose to leave everything they knew behind to come to America and work grueling jobs in dangerous coal mines, rather than endure tyranny at home.”