Ukrainian Punk Band Rerecords the Clash Classic as ‘Kyiv Calling’

A Ukrainian punk band has rerecorded the Conflict’s basic “London Calling” as a protest track and a resistance anthem towards the Russian invasion.

Beton, a punk-hardcore trio, obtained permission from the surviving members of the Conflict earlier than recording “Kyiv Calling,” which modifications the lyrics of the 1979 single as a call-to-action to fellow Ukrainians and the remainder of the world. The monitor was recorded in a studio in Lviv, Ukraine on March 17 and 18, the identical day Russians fired missiles on the metropolis that’s turn out to be a hub for displaced residents.

“Many Ukrainian musicians at the moment are on battlefields or in territorial protection,” Beton singer Andriy Zholob instructed the Guardian. “They’ve modified guitars to weapons. We hope this track reveals Ukrainians’ spirit and our defiance to Russian aggression. We’re glad it’ll be performed around the globe as an emblem of solidarity and hope.”

“Kyiv calling to the faraway cities / Now battle is asserted and battle come down,” Zholob sings on the up to date model. “Kyiv calling to the entire world / Come out of neutrality, you girls and boys / Kyiv calling, now don’t look to us / Phony Putinmania has bitten the mud.”

Danny Saber, a former Joe Strummer collaborator, combined “Kyiv Calling,” all proceeds of which is able to go to the citizen-led group Free Ukraine Resistance Motion (FURM).

Along with being a punk rocker, Zholob is an orthopedic physician who’s at present battle victims and troopers, whereas his bandmates — Bohdan Hrynko and Oleg Hula — are each members of the Ukrainian territorial protection.

“The Conflict have been one in all our inspirations after we fell in love with punk rock and music usually, there isn’t a snobbery or pretentiousness to the music, that they had one thing to say and voiced their opinions towards human anger,” Zholob instructed NME. “‘London Calling’ epitomizes all of that and we’re very completely satisfied to have the ability to take this iconic basic and switch it into our personal anthem with new that means and life.”

Lviv can be the place lots of the organizers of the Kyiv-based Atlas music pageant have relocated to; as they lately instructed Rolling Stone, the pageant has donated virtually all its provides from the canceled fest — together with water, raincoats and gloves — for humanitarian and navy efforts.

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