Flogging Molly have joined forces with renowned Ukrainian animators/filmmakers, The Mad Twins, for the band’s “A Song of Liberty” video (https://youtu.be/ccGKjOQsEp0). The clip highlights humanity’s ongoing struggle against oppression, from Ireland’s Easter Uprising through several 20th century moments including both World Wars, to the current occupation of Ukraine.
“We were working on this video for three months under air alerts and constant shelling of our country,” explain Ukrainian twin sisters Olya and Vira Ischuk, aka The Mad Twins, who have created award-winning videos for Social Distortion, NOFX, Josh Freese and more. “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 lifetime.”
“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,” Dave King details. “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.”
A donation button for N.Y.-based charity Razom for Ukraine (Together for Ukraine) has been added to the video on the band’s YouTube channel.
Anthem reunites Flogging Molly with Steve Albini, who also worked with the septet on their beloved early aughts albums Swagger and Drunken Lullabies. The band has previously released three singles from the forthcoming collection: “This Road of Mine” (https://youtu.be/vqWWq2j-qoo), “The Croppy Boy ’98” (https://youtu.be/j3WBSfXOHQo), and “These Times Have Got Me Drinking/Tripping Up The Stairs” (https://riserecords.lnk.to/TTHGMD)
Flogging Molly and The Interrupters resume their U.S. co-headlining trek on Friday, with the bands joined by openers Tiger Army and The Skints. Tickets are available via Floggingmolly.com.
Anthem track list:
3. Life Begins And Ends (But Never Fails)
4. No Last Goodbyes
7. (Try) Keep The Man Down
8. Now Is The Time
9. Lead The Way
10. These Are The Days
11. The Parting Wave
Album pre-orders, which include a galaxy green vinyl offering, are available now via https://riserecords.lnk.to/FMAnthem.
U.S. co-headlining tour with The Interrupters:
September 9 Denver, CO Mission Ballroom Outdoors
September 10 Dillon, CO Dillon Amphitheater
September 11 Salt Lake City, UT Complex Outdoors – The Lot
September 13 Bonner, MT KettleHouse Amphitheater
September 14 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
September 16 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 17 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
September 20 Sacramento, CA Heart Health Park
September 21 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre
September 23 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 24 Irvine, CA FivePoint Amphitheatre
September 25 Las Vegas, NV Beach Stage at Mandalay Bay Resort