“Band Together: A Benefit For Ukraine” Compilation Released

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As Russia escalates its brutal invasion in Ukraine, a range of prominent punk, post-punk and metal artists have joined with Ukrainian bands to raise money for war relief. The result is an album called Band Together: A Benefit For Ukraine. The legendary Ted Leo wrote a new song, The Clearing Of The Land, for the album. Godfathers of noise Unsane gave a remastered version of their classic, Cracked Up. Hardcore heavy weights Citizens Arrest released a fan favorite digitally for the first time. The World/Inferno Friendship Society donated an unreleased live studio version of Cats Are Not Luck Creatures and Erin Incoherent and Under Attack also provided new music.

While other benefit albums are out there, the new music and the presence of Ukrainian bands makes this album special. The album opens with the Middle East-infused sounds and Ukrainian lyrics of Arab-Ukrainian Morwan, who has made a name for himself beyond the borders of his war-torn home. It also features post-punk from KAT, whose rhythm section were trapped in Kharkiv under bombardment. It has hardcore from Ukraine’s first all-female punk band Death Pill, two of whom are now refugees. Melodic hardcore comes from The Raw. Pusca and Terrorscum offer more metal and Sasha Boole, who is currently fighting in the Ukrainian army, ends the record with his acoustic guitar. All money raised goes to Razom for Ukraine.

Band Together: A Benefit For Ukraine is now available via Bandcamp