The Las Vegas alt-rockers hit out at the current state of America with new single.
The Killers have arguably been consistent since their beloved debut record Hot Fuss in 2004. The album featured singles “Mr. Brightside”, “Smile Like You Mean It”, “Somebody Told Me” and “All These Things That I’ve Done”; indie-anthems which still receive heavy exposure well-over a decade later. Their follow up effort - 2006’s Sam’s Town - was perhaps even better, boasting a more mature and distinctive approach. After this, their popularity continued, but they were never quite as highly regarded as they were during their formative years. The release of their fifth studio-album Wonderful Wonderful in 2017 saw them return after a five-year absence with songs that hearkened back to their heyday - most notably hit-single “The Man”.
Now, they are back with a brand-new single: “Land Of The Free”. In terms of sound, it’s rather familiar territory for The Killers. Of course, the band have certainly proved to be political in the past, but this is the four-piece diving head-first into an overt governmental critique. Listen here:
There is certainly a focus on lyricism, with lines such as “incarceration’s become big business”, “we got a problem with guns”, “people who just want the same things we do” and references to “the wall”. Subtlety isn’t exactly the aim of the game here, as frontman Brandon Flowers lays the cards out on the table for all to see. It’s incredibly preachy, but one can’t deny that this is exactly what the singer must have been going for when putting pen to paper. It’s perhaps a little too pronounced, but this is one of those songs with the sheer motive of clear communication. It’s not that there aren’t interesting things going on here musically; the ironic gospel accompaniment definitely works.
Instrumentally this is what we’d expect from The Killers, especially after their last record. In terms of the prominent lyricism, it may prove more divisive with fans, who could deem it too painstakingly obvious. In other music news, why not check out the line up for Field day 2019, which includes artists from Skepta to Deerhunter.
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