On the evening of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Les Claypool of PRIMUS and Eugene Hütz of GOGOL BORDELLO started collaborating on a joint launch to rally assist for the Ukrainian individuals. Launched at this time through Rolling Stone and irreverently titled “Zelensky: The Man With The Iron Balls”, the observe additionally options Stewart Copeland, Sean Lennon, Billy Strings and Sergey Ryabtsev. Proceeds from the sale of the one will likely be donated to Nova Ukraine, a nonprofit group devoted to offering humanitarian help to the individuals of Ukraine.
“As quickly as Russian aggression broke out, Les and I related to handle the disaster ASAP,” recollects Hütz, a Ukrainian native. “We jumped on creating affirmative music that requires unity and pays respect to the actual doers in Ukrainian protection — comparable to President Zelensky, who demonstrated beforehand unheard-of stamina and heroism.”
“The evening of the invasion, I used to be eating with shut buddies of mine from Poland who have been internet hosting their household visiting the U.S. from their city, which is 50 kilometers from the Ukraine border,” Claypool provides. “Evidently, they have been careworn and anxious about what was occurring of their homeland. After a couple of vodka photographs of solidarity, I began texting with my buddy Eugene from GOGOL BORDELLO to get his perspective and perception. In that vodka-laced dialogue, we began mutually praising Zelensky for his surprisingly epic show of braveness. ‘Zelensky has balls of metal!’ we agreed. It was then that we determined that some freaky, ‘East meets West’ artwork wanted to be thrown that approach.”
“After a pair weeks of file buying and selling with Sean Lennon, Stewart Copeland, Eugene Hütz and Sergey Ryabtsev, a go to to my studio by my buddy Billy Strings, in addition to some enthusiastic rhythmic claps from native supporters of Ukraine, we now have a recording to assist rally assist for a bullied nation and a David vs. Goliath-type man who stood up for his or her liberty, freedom and homeland.”
Hütz factors out: “The reoccurring chant within the music, ‘Revolution Of Dignity,’ honors the 2014 Maidan Revolution, which resulted within the elimination of Ukraine’s pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych and result in Russia’s army intervention in opposition to the individuals of Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the Donbas Battle — a part of the broader Russo-Ukrainian Battle. It’s our strategy to present that heavyweights like Les, Stewart, Billy and Sean stand with individuals of Ukraine and the nation’s sovereignty from the very begin of Russian-led terror.”
“This isn’t meant to be a music of condemnation,” Claypool says. “This can be a music of unity and anti-bully mentality, giving reward to a person who stepped up for his individuals past something I’ve seen in my tenure on this planet. This unlikely fellow has grabbed the reins of management and held quick in such a approach that the world is now galvanized in assist. His legendary quote ‘We want ammunition, not a journey’ — Patrick Henry could not have stated it higher himself. Zelensky is actually ‘The Man With the Iron Balls.'”
To additional elevate donations for Nova Ukraine, the group behind “Zelensky: The Man With The Iron Balls” has partnered with Fandiem, a digital fundraising platform that evokes the music neighborhood to present again. Beginning this Friday, April 22, followers who donate at www.fandiem.com/ironballs will likely be robotically entered to win an all-expense-paid journey to attend the “South Park” Twenty fifth-anniversary live performance on the iconic Pink Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 10, that includes PRIMUS and WEEN. One winner and visitor will obtain journey and lodge, two VIP tickets to the present, upgraded seats, and a particular prize from the artists.
The artistic group can be inviting listeners to indicate their assist for the individuals of Ukraine by submitting clips of themselves, their buddies, colleagues, youngsters, pets, or anybody else they deem applicable clapping alongside to the music. Video clips might be despatched to [email protected] and extra particulars might be discovered within the video notes.
“Zelensky: The Man With the Iron Balls” recording credit:
Les Claypool – bass and vocals
Stewart Copeland – percussion
Eugene Hütz – vocals
Sean Lennon – guitar and vocals
Sergey Ryabtsev – violin
Billy Strings – guitar
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