WATCH: The Killers & Spike Lee Unite Against Trump’s Wall with “Land of the Free”
Brandon Flowers and company tap the BlacKkKlansman director for new music video.
The Killers have had enough.
The Vegas rockers have tapped no less than legendary BlacKkKlansman filmmaker Spike Lee to direct the fiery and evocative video “Land of the Free,” which accompanies a brand new track from the band.
As Variety reports, Lee filmed the video at the U.S./Mexico border late last year, grabbing real-life images of migrant families en route to what they can only hope is some sort of salvation.
The song’s poignant lyrics touch on American immigrants over the years, and what this country means to those seeking a better life: “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.” Listen to it below.
“I think it is a very important time right now and ‘enough is enough’ was basically where it comes from,” Killers frontman Brandon Flowers explained to Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe recently.
“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: Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, what’s happening at the wall, 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 have to get this out.’” FL