The Killers have shared the emotional video for “Rut,” the latest single from their fifth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful.
The song was inspired by frontman Brandon Flowers‘ wife Tana and her struggle with depression, while the clip’s visuals address the same issues as the character moves through life.
Flowers told NME about the song, “It’s when a person has had multiple traumatic experiences. Her whole life, she’s been covering it, pretending it isn’t there. For whatever reason, in her 30s, it’s decided to really manifest itself . . . So ‘Rut’ is about her submitting to it. She got severely depressed and it wasn’t until she sought counseling and got a name for what was going on that it helped.”
He added, “Now she submits to it — that doesn’t mean that she’s gonna let it beat her, but rather that she’s gonna finally acknowledge that it’s there and promise to break this cycle.”