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

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

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

The new song by the three-piece band Beton was recorded on Thursday and Friday (March 17-18) in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. 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 taken by the band’s family and friends of the war across Ukraine. Check it out below.

All proceeds from the song will go to the community-led organization FURM (Free Ukraine Resistance Movement), which you can donate to right here.

About the idea for the song, Beton singer Andriy Zholob said: “Many Ukrainian musicians are now on battlefields or in territorial defense. This time they swapped guitars for guns. We hope this song will show the spirit of Ukrainians and our resistance to 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 the music, they had something to say and voiced their opinions against human anger. London Calling embodies all of that and we are thrilled to be able to transform this iconic classic into our own anthem with new meaning and life.”

The singer added: “We are glad that it will be played 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 Ukrainian and feel supported by foreign musicians. That means so much!”

FURM’s Ostap Kryvdyk added: “FURM is calling on the world to listen to the call from Kyiv. For us, the music of The Clash is the music of freedom. We must prevent the new Iron Curtain from falling. London Calling was the call sign of the British Resistance when they stood alone against the Nazis.

“We want Kyiv Calling to become a symbol of resistance against 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 Clash for their support in our darkest hour. Bring on the morning.”

A number of artists have pledged their support to the victims of the Ukraine conflict since the war began last month.

This week, Arcade Fire held a last-minute benefit concert for Ukraine in New Orleans, with all proceeds going to the Plus1 Relief Fund for Ukraine, which supports the Ukrainian people through non-profit organizations providing humanitarian assistance during the Russian invasion of the country .

Belle And Sebastian also released 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 to the people of Ukraine at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 recently paid tribute .

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

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Caroline Bleakley

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