AWOLNATION has always been a bit offbeat, and “Kill Your Heroes” is a great example, especially with the Mr. Rogers-esque video.
Besides the dichotomy of such an upbeat song combined with a dark title, what I really love about this song is the underlying message. Don’t ever get hung up trying to be somebody else, but soar on your own, buoyed by those who love you.
To close the loop, it’s basically a musical version of this Mr. Rogers quote:
As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has–or ever will have–something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.