De Amerikaanse folk-punk band Flogging Molly heeft hun krachten gebundeld met de beroemde Oekraïense animators/filmmakers, The Mad Twins, voor de video van “A Song of Liberty”. De clip belicht de voortdurende strijd van de mensheid tegen onderdrukking, van de paasopstand in Ierland via verschillende 20e-eeuwse momenten, waaronder beide wereldoorlogen, tot de huidige bezetting van Oekraïne.
We were working on this video for three months under air alerts and constant shelling of our country. Dave and Bridget got in touch with us for this very special song, which is meant to tell the Easter Rising story and highlight the universal message of nations who fought for their independence and identity. These are idealists who will fight and die for their ideas. We connected the story with the reality we are experiencing in Ukraine. Generations who went through two world wars paid with their blood for peace. Modern generations have grown up in a world where it is easy to take things for granted. We had calls with Dave talking about the video development where Dave exclaimed indignantly ‘What?! Again?! People have to go through war again?!’ We’ve been going through this for over six months now: life plans stopped, our friends were drafted, some of them have already been killed, friends’ homes have been destroyed or looted, the lucky ones have been evacuated to a safer region or abroad. Generations of Ukrainians have been traumatized for a lifetimeOlya and Vira Ischuk, aka The Mad Twins
It’s a song of freedom, which I wrote as a recounting of a dark period in Irish history. But suddenly the injustice, and the fight against it, became current events. And so our Ukrainian friends, who’ve had their freedom taken away from them, created something with it that seeks to inspire hope in everyone.Dave King
Een donatieknop voor de in New York gevestigde liefdadigheidsinstelling Razom voor Oekraïne (Together for Ukraine) is toegevoegd aan de video op het YouTube-kanaal van de band.
“A Song Of Liberty” is te vinden op “Anthem”, het album dat op 9 september uitkomt via Rise Records. Pre-Orders zijn hier verkrijgbaar.