Ukrainian punk band Beton covers The Clash on “Kyiv Calling”


Ukrainian punk band Beton turned The Clash’s “London Calling” into a protest song against the Russian invasion – listen to “Kyiv Calling” below.

Ukraine has officially severed diplomatic ties with Russia and declared martial law, after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an attack on the neighboring nation on February 24. Since then, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has found that the conflict claimed 1,900 civilian victims. the UN (via BBC) also estimates that there are almost 1.85 million internally displaced people in Ukraine.

The new song by the trio Beton was recorded in the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, on Thursday and Friday (March 17 and 18). It was mixed and mastered by Danny Saber, who worked with Clash frontman Joe Strummer before his death in 2002.

The accompanying video for “Kyiv Calling” features footage shot by the band’s family and friends during the war across Ukraine. Watch it below.

All proceeds from the song will go to the civic organization FURM (Free Ukrainian Resistance Movement), which you can donate directly to here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9guzUoTNxeE

Discussing the idea for the song, Beton singer Andriy Zholob said, “Many Ukrainian musicians are now on the battlefield or in territorial defense. This time they replaced the guitars with guns. We hope this song shows the spirit of Ukrainians and our defiance of Russian aggression.

“The Clash were one of our inspirations when we fell in love with punk rock and music in general, there is no snobbery or pretentiousness in music, they had something to say and expressed their views against human anger London Calling embodies all of this and we are so excited to be able to take this iconic classic and turn it into our own anthem with new meaning and new life.

The singer added: “We are happy that it is performed not only in Ukraine but all over the world as a symbol of solidarity and hope. Our country will defend our hard-won freedom and protect our right to self-determination. We have no doubts about our victory, we are proud to be Ukrainians and feel the support of musicians abroad. It means so much!”

FURM’s Ostap Kryvdyk added: “FURM calls on the world to listen to kyiv’s call. For us the music of the Clash is the music of freedom. We must prevent the fall of the new iron curtain. London’s call was the call sign of Britain’s resistance when it stood alone against the Nazis.

“We want Kyiv Calling to be the symbol of resistance to the new aggressor in Europe. No surrender. no compromise peace. For Ukraine, peace is not just the absence of war. Peace is the unity of Ukraine. FURM thanks The Clash for their support in our darkest hour. Bring on the dawn.

Many artists have pledged their support for the victims of the Ukrainian conflict since the start of the war last month.

This week, Arcade Fire performed a last-minute Ukraine benefit concert in New Orleans, with all proceeds going to the Relief Fund Plus1 Ukrainewhich supports the people of Ukraine through non-profit organizations providing humanitarian aid as Russia’s invasion of the country continues.

Belle And Sebastian also shared new single “If They’re Shooting At You” in support of those affected by the conflict in Ukraine earlier this week, while Bring Me The Horizon also paid tribute to the people of Ukraine recently during BandLabs. NME Awards 2022. .

Meanwhile, it was announced this week (March 15) that London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire will be hosting a benefit concert in Ukraine this month, featuring performances by The Subways, Andy Bell and many more.

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