On Episode 129 of Punk Rock Pariah,
Greg & Grendel have an hour-long conversation with “Mira
” from the street punk band Bezlad from Kharkiv,
Ukraine, about their journey to escape the bombing of their city by
Russian forces. Mira
into the day-to-day experiences of people amidst the ongoing
A call to aid from Greg:
My dear Ukrainian friends in the band
from Kharkiv have written five songs during the war
while fleeing the bombings in Ukraine. These songs have been
written about the war and what it has been like for them.
Having gotten to relative safety, they are looking
to record these songs near Lviv, Ukraine. I asked if it was safe to
record there, and their reply was, “Yes, the bombs only fall here
every week or two.”
I feel that their songs, written in the midst of
war, are some of the most essential songs hardcore/punk could
possibly produce right now. The rest of us can write ABOUT war, but
Bezlad has been living it. As fellow artists, I want them to be
supported as they create these new recordings.
I offered to pay for the first ten hours of their
recording session ($20 per hour) and am looking for donations to
cover the rest. Recording, mixing, and mastering the entire record
will cost $1200 total, so we are seeking $1000 in total
Since the band can’t receive PayPal payments, and
as a single bank wire would be easiest for them, we agreed that I
will accept donations via Paypal and Venmo (donation info is in the
comments below). Then I will send receipts for every donation to
the band along with a bank wire for the total amount.
Any donations above and beyond that $1000 will go
to our friends from the Kharkiv music community who are fighting on
the front lines to buy them the defensive gear they need.
(PLEASE be sure to put "Ukraine" in the