September 26, 2022

So long as there’s warfare, there’ll be protest songs. Flogging Molly is the most recent instance of that concept, because the Celtic punks have returned right this moment with the brand new single “A Music of Liberty.” Not solely is the music elevating funds for refugee support in Ukraine, however it additionally spotlights the work of Ukrainian animators/filmmakers The Mad Twins in its accompanying music video.

“A Music of Liberty” isn’t simply concerning the occupation of Ukraine, nonetheless. Its inspiration traces all the way in which again to the 1916 Easter Rising in Eire and thru each World Wars. In the end, it represents humanity’s fixed struggle in opposition to oppression: “It’s a music of freedom, which I wrote as a recounting of a darkish interval in Irish historical past,” the band’s Dave King says in a press launch. “However immediately the injustice, and the struggle in opposition to it, turned present occasions. And so our Ukrainian buddies, who’ve had their freedom taken away from them, created one thing with it that seeks to encourage hope in everybody.”

The music video for “A Music of Liberty” is an animated account of political strifes all through historical past the world over up till modern-day: “We had been engaged on this video for 3 months below air alerts and fixed shelling of our nation,” The Mad Twins — aka twin sisters Olya and Vira Ischuk — add in a press release. “This very particular music [is] meant to inform the Easter Rising story and spotlight the common message of countries who fought for his or her independence and id. These are idealists who will struggle and die for his or her concepts. We related the story with the truth we’re experiencing in Ukraine.

The Mad Twins went on: “We’ve been going by way of this for over six months now: life plans stopped, our buddies had been drafted, a few of them have already been killed, buddies’ houses have been destroyed or looted, the fortunate ones have been evacuated to a safer area or overseas. Generations of Ukrainians have been traumatized for a lifetime.”

Flogging Molly have added a donation button to New York-based charity Razom for Ukraine on the music’s YouTube web page, however you may as well head to the group’s web site to contribute. Hear and watch the video for “A Music of Liberty” beneath.

Flogging Molly’s seventh studio album Anthem arrives this Friday, September ninth. They’ve a handful of dates left on their co-headlining US tour with The Interrupters; seize your tickets over at Ticketmaster.

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