First the eclipse, now this. The Echelon rejoiced on Tuesday morning (Aug. 22) when Thirty Seconds to Mars released their first new song in four years, “Walk on Water.” The pump-up first single from the band’s upcoming fifth studio album — teased by singer Jared Leto in an Instagram video in June, and another last week — opens with the words “Do you believe/ Walk on water,” over a chorus of “ooh ooh”‘s. Then, a big beat drops and Leto sings, “Can you even see what you’re fighting for/ Blood lust in a holy war/ Listen up hear the patriot shout/ Times are changing.”
The tune will get its world TV premiere during a performance at this 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (Aug. 27). With its anthemic chorus and heart-stirring, propulsive rhythm it’s no surprise that the band has teamed with ESPN to use “Walk on Water” as the promotional theme for the sports network’s coverage of the 2017 college football coverage.
“WALK ON WATER is a song for all of us. It’s a song about freedom, about persistence, about change and about fighting for what you believe in,” said Leto in a statement announcing the tune. “It is a call to arms but also full of all the optimism and hope that is such an integral part of the American Dream.” The song is slated to appear on the band’s upcoming follow-up to 2013’s LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS. Click here to listen.
A lyric video features footage shot all over the U.S. on July 4, from rodeos and Resist protest marches to President Trump giving an address and fireworks displays.
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