Damon Albarn says music “needs” to be more political

Last November saw Damon Albarn and the rest of The Good, The Bad & The Queen finally release their long-awaited sophomore album, Merrie Land. As the band told Consequence of Sound in a Track By Track breakdown of the excellent record, the LP is chock-full of political references. “Written in the tumultuous wake of Brexit, the album may be the first to offer such a vividly impressionistic accounting of the 2016 referendum’s far-reaching (and increasingly unexpected) fallout at home and abroad,” wrote our own Tyler Clark, who conducted the TBT interview. Now, Albarn is hoping others follow his lead, as NME points out. In an interview with BBC Radio 6’s Gemma Cairney on Sunday, he insisted that it’s now necessary that artists take more political stances in their music, especially when it comes to Brexit, a landmark decision that Albarn considers “so depressing.” (Read: A Punk Playlist for the Dying Days of Donald Trump) “On the surface, it makes sense to me to stay friends with your neighbours – that just seems like basic common sense,” Albarn said early on in a convo about the UK’s choice to pull out of the European Union, which has had plenty of economic and […]

The Killers perform “Land of the Free” live for the first time on Kimmel: Watch

Earlier this year, The Killers released a brand new single called “Land of the Free”. Packaged with a powerful music video directed by the Spike Lee, the song saw the band taking a strong political stance regarding the America’s commitment to freedom and diversity. On Monday night, Brandon Flowers & co. performed “Land of the Free” live for the first time on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which this week is filming in the group’s hometown of Las Vegas. The live debut began with Flowers sitting and singing alone at a piano, the stage behind dim. The frontman was then later joined by his bandmates, a youth choir, and dramatic lighting to fit the soaring single. (Read: 2018 Filmmaker of the Year: Spike Lee) Additionally, The Killers’ Kimmel set included “All These Things That I’ve Done”, from their 2004 record, Hot Fuss. Replay it all down below. [embedded content] [embedded content] The Killers will also serve as Kimmel’s musical guest on Tuesday, replacing James Taylor, who was forced to cancel last minute due to illness. In his honor, The Killers’ cover of Taylor’s 1968 classic “Carolina in My Mind” (originally recorded Monday evening) will be aired. Flowers and the rest of the band are scheduled to […]