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 music and a resistance anthem towards the Russian invasion.

Beton, a punk-hardcore trio, acquired 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 observe was recorded in a studio in Lviv, Ukraine on March 17 and 18, the identical day Russians fired missiles at the city that’s change into a hub for displaced residents.

“Many Ukrainian musicians at the moment are on battlefields or in territorial protection,” Beton singer Andriy Zholob told the Guardian. “They’ve modified guitars to weapons. We hope this music Ukrainians’ spirit and our defiance to Russian aggression. We’re glad it’s going to be performed all over the world as an emblem of solidarity and hope.”

“Kyiv to the faraway cities / Now struggle is said 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, blended “Kyiv Calling,” all proceeds of which can go to the citizen-led group Free Ukraine Resistance Movement (FURM).

Along with being a punk rocker, Zholob is an orthopedic physician who’s presently struggle 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 basically, there isn’t a snobbery or pretentiousness to the music, they’d one thing to say and voiced their opinions towards human anger,” Zholob told NME. “‘London Calling’ epitomizes all of that and we’re very pleased to have the ability to take this iconic basic and switch it into our personal anthem with new that and life.”

Lviv can be the place lots of the organizers of the Kyiv-based Atlas music pageant have relocated to; as they not too long ago instructed Rolling Stone, the pageant has donated nearly all its provides from the canceled fest — together with water, raincoats and gloves — for humanitarian and navy efforts.


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