American music – Steveazarlive http://steveazarlive.com/ Sat, 07 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://steveazarlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png American music – Steveazarlive http://steveazarlive.com/ 32 32 Hayley McKay of Darlington is a finalist at the American Music Awards https://steveazarlive.com/hayley-mckay-of-darlington-is-a-finalist-at-the-american-music-awards/ Sat, 07 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/hayley-mckay-of-darlington-is-a-finalist-at-the-american-music-awards/ Hayley McKay, FROM DARLINGTON, is beaming after finding out she was in the final of an international music awards ceremony. Still atop last month’s win as British Artist of the Year at the Hot Country TV Awards in Ireland, Hayley is now finalist in six categories at the International Singer-Songwriters Awards held in Atlanta, USA. […]]]>

Hayley McKay, FROM DARLINGTON, is beaming after finding out she was in the final of an international music awards ceremony.

Still atop last month’s win as British Artist of the Year at the Hot Country TV Awards in Ireland, Hayley is now finalist in six categories at the International Singer-Songwriters Awards held in Atlanta, USA. United.

The categories for which Hayley is in the final are;

  • singer of the year
  • rising star
  • Bachelor of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Music Video of the Year
  • Emerging artist

Hayley McKay and Jonnie Bunce performing at the Forum Music Center in Darlington

Read more: Darlington’s Hayley McKay Receives Prestigious Title at International Music Awards

Hayley nominated herself and went on to shout out on social media asking her friends, family and fans to vote for her and she was stunned by the huge response she received.

Hayley said: “I was quite shocked actually but really buzzed. It would be amazing to go to Atlanta, but obviously the flights are so expensive.

“I was amazed at how many people took the time to vote and I made it to the final because of it. I also got lots of lovely messages which was really nice.

The International Singer Songwriters Association is an organization representing unsigned artists worldwide and the awards ceremony takes place at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia in August.

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Hayley explained that it might be difficult for her to travel to the United States for the awards ceremony, but hopes to organize concerts there to make it worthwhile.

She said: “It depends if I can get the funding. Obviously, country music is huge in America so I would love to organize shows in Memphis and Charleston.

“As the audience voted, it kind of means more because I know my music is reaching more people and people are really enjoying my music, which is what it’s really about.”

Hayley also teaches singing and when her young students at the Stillington Music Club heard the news, they cheered.

The Northern Echo: Hayley and her music students from the Stillington Music Club in North Yorkshire.  They were thrilled for Hayley when she broke the news to themHayley and her music students from the Stillington Music Club in North Yorkshire. They were thrilled for Hayley when she broke the news to them

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As the only English musician to be awarded, Hayley is delighted to be nominated at such a prestigious event.

Last weekend, April 30, Hayley performed at The Sage in Gateshead, supporting Danni Nicholls. She will also perform at Hardwick Live with her band on August 20.

To find out more about Hayley’s music, visit hayleymckay.co.uk or visit her social media pages @hayleymckaymusic.

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A new Latin American music and dance festival is coming to Merseyside https://steveazarlive.com/a-new-latin-american-music-and-dance-festival-is-coming-to-merseyside/ Tue, 03 May 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/a-new-latin-american-music-and-dance-festival-is-coming-to-merseyside/ A brand new Latin music festival is coming to Merseyside this month with a showcase of live music and performances. Fiestaval Southport 2022 will take place in Casablanca, at Southport Pleasureland with free admission. The event takes place on Saturday May 21 – the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity. Fiestaval 2022 was brought […]]]>

A brand new Latin music festival is coming to Merseyside this month with a showcase of live music and performances.

Fiestaval Southport 2022 will take place in Casablanca, at Southport Pleasureland with free admission. The event takes place on Saturday May 21 – the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity.

Fiestaval 2022 was brought together by a volunteer committee, Viva Foundation, to bring Latin American music and dance, arts and cultural activities to life in the beach town. The Latin music festival will also feature a selection of top DJs and dancers, as well as handicrafts and cultural exhibits.

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The event was made possible thanks to a success; fundraiser. Viva Foundation President Irma Mejia said, “We did it! A pinch of Latin joy is coming to Southport this year thanks to Southport Pleasureland, the Sefton Community Transition Fund and everyone who has contributed to the success of our Fiestaval crowdfunding campaign.

“The Viva Foundation is delighted to invite you all to join the Latin party at Southport’s largest Latin music and dance festival. This free community festival will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity.

Fiestaval host DJ Irmita will present her new salsa song Soy Rumbera at the event. There will also be Live Latin Bands performers July Julay, Mestisa, Colibri Mexico, Son de Cuba, El Suso, Calypso Caribbean Steel Drum Band and more.

The event features Latin American dance performances, dance workshops, guest teachers, DJs, Latin American crafts and exhibits all under one roof at Southport Pleasureland Casablanca’s new live music venue, on Marine Drive Southport, PR8 1RX.

Festival artists:

Mestiza, Latin American folk duo

El Suso, Colombia

July Julay, Dominican Republic

Calypso Steel Band

Son of Cuba

Mexican Hummingbird Dancers

Salsa Siempre,

sweet salsa,

Host:

DJ Irmita, Chile/UK

Program:

9:45 a.m.: Check-in

10 a.m.: Salsa Siempre/ Sweet Salsa Dance Workshops

11 a.m.: Social Dancing: DJ Irmita

12 p.m.: Live performances

6:00 p.m. End of the Fiestaval

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Aussie punk band Kinetic headlines Great American Music Hall https://steveazarlive.com/aussie-punk-band-kinetic-headlines-great-american-music-hall/ Tue, 03 May 2022 02:56:00 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/aussie-punk-band-kinetic-headlines-great-american-music-hall/ SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — In the space of a few years, Australian punk band Amyl & the Sniffers have become one of the most famous new bands to emerge from Down Under in the past decade. Formed by Amy Taylor (aka Amyl, the band’s namesake) and her housemates in suburban Melbourne in 2016, the […]]]>

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — In the space of a few years, Australian punk band Amyl & the Sniffers have become one of the most famous new bands to emerge from Down Under in the past decade.

Formed by Amy Taylor (aka Amyl, the band’s namesake) and her housemates in suburban Melbourne in 2016, the band named themselves after amyl nitrate or “poppers”.


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Drawing inspiration from classic ’70s proto-punk (particularly Iggy and the Stooges), glam, pub rock and modern punk, the band recorded and released their debut EP Hue that same year, reportedly tracked all four songs in just 12 hours. While the first raw recordings appeared on this recording and the follow-up big draw The EP showed the band’s knack for writing short – often just 90 seconds – catchy outbursts of punk, it was their wild showmanship that established the band in Australia. The shows often showed the little singer spending as much time crowd-surfing or on the floor dancing with the audience as he did on stage during performances.


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The band would enter the studio to record their first feature with producer Ross Orton (the former drummer of British synth-punk band Add N to X), releasing their self-titled album in 2019 on Flightless, the label affiliated with the popular Australian psych band . King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (ATO and Rough Trade would release the record in other parts of the world). The album would consistently receive critical acclaim, winning the ARIA Award – Australia’s version of the Grammy – for Best Rock Album and being nominated for the Australian Music Award.

King Gizzard had already provided Amyl and company with their first significant exposure in the United States, taking them on a North American tour the previous year. The quartet would become a popular attraction at festivals in their native Australia, Europe and the United States, appearing at Coachella and Oakland’s garage-punk celebration, the Mosswood Meltdown.


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As the pandemic put a pause on the band’s momentum and busy touring plans, Amyl & the Sniffers released their second effort to another round of ecstatic reviews last year. While maintaining the band’s aggressive musical attack, some of the new songs found Taylor ruminating on empowerment, sexual politics and emotional vulnerability which heightened the album’s visceral impact.


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For this pair of sold out shows at the Great American Music Hall this weekend, Amyl & the Sniffers will be joined by fellow Australian punk band COFFIN Although the Sydney-based team shares the warm demeanor of contemporaries the Cats, COFFIN also has a serious side, tackling the environmental crisis and struggles aboriginal Australians against institutional racism with their riff-laden tunes.

Amyl and the sniffers with COFFIN
Friday-Saturday, May 6-7, 9 p.m. $22 (sold out)
Great American Music Hall

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Selena Gomez Wins Favorite Pop Artist at 2022 Latin American Music Awards https://steveazarlive.com/selena-gomez-wins-favorite-pop-artist-at-2022-latin-american-music-awards/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 11:19:19 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/selena-gomez-wins-favorite-pop-artist-at-2022-latin-american-music-awards/ The 2022 Latin American Music Awards, held at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, brought some of the biggest artists to the stage for an entertaining show Thursday. American singer, actress and producer Selena Gomez received the award for favorite pop artist. Favorite Pop Artist Award […]]]>

The 2022 Latin American Music Awards, held at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, brought some of the biggest artists to the stage for an entertaining show Thursday.

American singer, actress and producer Selena Gomez received the award for favorite pop artist.

Favorite Pop Artist Award

Winners of the Latin American Music Awards are determined by a poll conducted by the public and music buyers, hence an attempt to fairly recognize talent from the public’s perspective.

Selena Gomez was nominated for Favorite Pop Star Artist: Female along with Camilo, Enrique Iglesias, Kali Uchis, Luis Fonsi and Sebastian Yatra and was announced as the winner among those nominations.

Selena won this title after her breathtaking song Revelacion.

In 2021, it is Shakira and in 2020 it is Taylor Swift who wins the title of Favorite Pop Artist at the Latin American Music Awards.

A look back at Selena’s musical career

The Disney Channel star who became a popular pop star has had an impressive run in her career.

Selena debuted with her band Selena Gomez and The Scene as the lead vocalist. The singer had to face her early years in the music industry, but once she hit the stage as a solo artist, she successfully sold a million copies of her song The The heart wants what it wants, which fans believe was about her relationship with Justin Bieber.

She managed to gain ground in her music career and released many hit songs such as Lose you to Love me, Ice Cream, Wolves, Ghost of You and many more.

Although with her entrepreneurial pursuits, people thought she might retire from the music industry, this is far from true as she continues to manage both sides of her professional life beautifully.

Her recent collaboration with Coldplay, Let Somebody Go tells how she continues to be the pop singer that fans adore.

Awards won by Selena: music and more

Selena won Best Pop Video at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards for her single “Come and Get it.” She won various other awards early in her music career, she won the Chart Topper Award at the Billboard Music Awards in 2015, in 2019 Selena was named Billboards’ Women of the year where she was recognized for her authentic self and how she is an inspiration to young people

Selena has also received awards and nominations for her work in television production, retail and philanthropy. She received the Art Award at the 33rd Hispanic Heritage Awards for the impact she has made in the world through her films, music, and mental health advocacy. Rare Beauty, Selena’s makeup line has announced the 2020 Startup of the Year at the WWD Beauty Inc Awards.

As an accomplished singer, producer, and entrepreneur, Selena deserves all the recognition and love with which fans shower her.

Selena Gomez’s Wondermind initiative deserves a review, where the company promotes mental fitness for everyone, promoting the importance of mental health through the singer’s struggles.

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Weston Estate happily shakes up the Great American Music Hall https://steveazarlive.com/weston-estate-happily-shakes-up-the-great-american-music-hall/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 16:56:06 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/weston-estate-happily-shakes-up-the-great-american-music-hall/ Weston Estate, or “your aunt’s favorite boyband,” graced the stage at the Great American Music Hall on April 17. The packed house was immediately abuzz despite the group’s calm entrance; cries of “I love you” set the excited and loving tone of the night. The group of five – made up of singers Marco Gomez, […]]]>

Weston Estate, or “your aunt’s favorite boyband,” graced the stage at the Great American Music Hall on April 17. The packed house was immediately abuzz despite the group’s calm entrance; cries of “I love you” set the excited and loving tone of the night.

The group of five – made up of singers Marco Gomez, Manas Panchavati and Tanmay Joshi, bassist and producer Abhi Manhass and guitarist Srikar Nanduri – formed when they were high school students in North Carolina, calling themselves “Weston Estate off the affluent community neighboring their hometown. Since graduating from high school, the group has risen to the top of the indie boy fandom, with fans loving mixed genres across the country.

Indigo and purple rays lit up the crowd and left the stage dark as Weston Estate entered dramatically on the opening chords of “Hold On”. Immediately, the singers lifted hypnotically, the slow opening picking up speed as pink and gold lights illuminated the room like a sunrise. A classic Weston Estate tempo change catalyzed this change, synchronizing the entire piece.

The group paused to warmly thank the room. Joshi noted that the first track “was f-ing lit”, before Panchavati described how the band couldn’t imagine they were playing songs produced in their bedrooms on stage. Weston Estate moved through the middle of his set with incredible alacrity, with most of the energy coming from all three singers.

The three make a natural vocal team, getting each other excited and singing in front of the audience as they finish their solos. Together, they were constantly engaged, waving to the audience, bouncing around in a small circle in the center of the stage, and demonstrating the young performers’ newfound enthusiasm on their first tour.

Joshi’s voice hit solidly and strikingly; when he was acclaimed, a shy smile took over his face. During “Outside”, Panchavati’s vocals sang wonderfully in support of Joshi and Gomez’s. Gomez’s stage presence was unparalleled; leaning into the mic above the stage and closing his eyes to lose himself in the moment, he conducted layered a capella harmony.

The novelty of the show was obvious but endearing. The intimacy of being a rising band was the hallmark of their set. Weston Estate clearly cares about its fans; in the middle of the set, band members tossed water bottles into the crowd so they could stay hydrated, as well as a crowd-wide serenade of Panchavati’s cousin on his 16th birthday (after the cousin came back from the bathroom).

Sometimes the set had a one-note feel; the nature of Weston Estate’s independent production lends itself to repetition, especially live. But slower tracks like “Hypnotized” were a breath of fresh air, as was the blending of tempos in the tracks, underlined by the revitalizing high notes of Gomez and Joshi.

As the night drew to a close, the energy soared. “Pears,” a fan favorite, featured green and yellow beams cascading over the crowd, illuminated by phone cameras. The whole room was chanting, as loud as a surf in a storm; audience members jumped up and raised their fists alongside Gomez, Joshi and Panchavati, taking the joyful mayhem in the venue to new heights.

For his last song “Cotton Candy”, Weston Estate slowed down his tempo. Manhass on bass worked with the drummer to temper the band’s zeal, strumming in tandem with the pink lighting before flashing lights once again caused the audience’s elation to skyrocket. Taken by the moment, Gomez seemed to forget the last lines of the song. He was met with laughter from his bandmates and the crowd, allowing him to brush the incident off his shoulders in a loving, slightly agitated manner.

The five fled the scene, but returned after only a few chants of “One more song!” To redeem himself, Gomez took the lead in a revived cover of “Stoked,” leading his bandmates to shake their long locks and frolic across the stage. The floor was a crowd of hormones, smiling faces and phone flashes, reflecting the glorious dizzy rush channeled by Weston Estate.

Contact Katherine Shok at [email protected].

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The Great American Music Hall hosting Ukraine benefits from the feat. Dan Lebowitz, Reed Mathis, Sonny Smith and more https://steveazarlive.com/the-great-american-music-hall-hosting-ukraine-benefits-from-the-feat-dan-lebowitz-reed-mathis-sonny-smith-and-more/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 20:14:27 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/the-great-american-music-hall-hosting-ukraine-benefits-from-the-feat-dan-lebowitz-reed-mathis-sonny-smith-and-more/ This Saturday (23/04) the legendary Great American Music Hall in San Francisco hosts a benefit show for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. They work with a wonderful organizer in SF (she’s Russian) and 10 local artists, with 100% of ticket sales and donations going to the largest children’s hospital in Kyiv, Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital. We’ve […]]]>

This Saturday (23/04) the legendary Great American Music Hall in San Francisco hosts a benefit show for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. They work with a wonderful organizer in SF (she’s Russian) and 10 local artists, with 100% of ticket sales and donations going to the largest children’s hospital in Kyiv, Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital.

We’ve listed the lineup below, but it’s sure to be an evening of fantastic jams with Dan Lebowitz, Reed Matthis, SF Poet Laureate Sonny Smith, and more. You can find more information here:

  • https://wl.seetickets.us/event/Power-ToThePeople/479690?afflky=AwesomeAmericanMusicHall

    Artists to perform:

  • Sonny Smith – local legend, founder of Sonny & the Sunsets
  • Dan Lebowitz – founder of Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO), frequent contributor to Grateful Dead
  • Tongo Eisen-Martin – Poet Laureate of San Francisco
  • Reed Mathis – former Tea Leaf Green member, frequent Grateful Dead contributor
  • Asher Belsky – 17-year-old SF guitar phenom, collaborator with Allman Family Revival, Marcus King, and more
  • Mayya – SF artist, founder of Mayya & the Revolutionary Hell Yeah
  • U.GIN – a new project by local artist Eugene Tarasov
  • Gumby’s Junk – art rock/post punk band from Oakland
  • Cock – Bay Area Punk Outfit
  • & VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
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2022-2023 Louisville Orchestra Calendar: American Music Festival https://steveazarlive.com/2022-2023-louisville-orchestra-calendar-american-music-festival/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 09:24:04 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/2022-2023-louisville-orchestra-calendar-american-music-festival/ The Louisville Orchestra announced its 2022-23 season, which includes new works by composers from the recently launched program body of creatorsthe eighth edition American Music Festival and commissioned works by modern composers, including the 2021 Grassemeyer Prize-winning composer Olga Neuwirth and more. The 2023-23 “season of creativity” also includes the musical director Teddy Abram playing […]]]>

The Louisville Orchestra announced its 2022-23 season, which includes new works by composers from the recently launched program body of creatorsthe eighth edition American Music Festival and commissioned works by modern composers, including the 2021 Grassemeyer Prize-winning composer Olga Neuwirth and more.

The 2023-23 “season of creativity” also includes the musical director Teddy Abram playing as pianist and conductor for Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fifth Piano Concerto” in a program where he also conducts Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony”, as well as performances by scholarship winner Tessa Lark of Avery Fisher’s career, and a long-awaited return to the stage of Anton Bruckner’s towering “Symphony No. 7” will engage classical music fans in Louisville, according to a press release announcing the new season.

The headliner of the Pops series is Grammy Award-winning Broadway and Hollywood star Kelli O’Hara. Pops principal bandleader Bob Bernhardt has scheduled a season packed with entertainment, including vintage movies with some of the best musical scores on display, including “Aretha: A Tribute,” and award-winning vocal group Three Texas Tenors. an Emmy Award, which amassed a huge fan base worldwide, according to the release.

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The American music school combines classical and jazz for a concert https://steveazarlive.com/the-american-music-school-combines-classical-and-jazz-for-a-concert/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 10:06:48 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/the-american-music-school-combines-classical-and-jazz-for-a-concert/ NEW BUFFALO — The School of American Music presents “Classical to Jazz” at 3 p.m. April 24 at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St. The concert features Nic Orbovich on fiddle, Ron Spears on electric guitar and Dino Jackson on French horn. Spears and Jackson perform together as Duo Jazz. In addition to his […]]]>

NEW BUFFALO — The School of American Music presents “Classical to Jazz” at 3 p.m. April 24 at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St.

The concert features Nic Orbovich on fiddle, Ron Spears on electric guitar and Dino Jackson on French horn. Spears and Jackson perform together as Duo Jazz.

In addition to his roles as a classical violinist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Hot Springs Festival Orchestra and many others, Orbovich and his wife, Sunny, are co-founders of the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival.

Spears plays guitar for Down by the Docks, a Northwestern Indiana big band, and teaches at the School of American Music. Jackson can often be found playing with one of the bands from the Ed Bagatini Musical Groups, a St. Joseph-based collection of ensembles that perform in the area.

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‘We are terribly saddened’: American Music Theater reacts to Bobby Rydell’s death, which was scheduled to occur in September | Entertainment https://steveazarlive.com/we-are-terribly-saddened-american-music-theater-reacts-to-bobby-rydells-death-which-was-scheduled-to-occur-in-september-entertainment/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 16:18:00 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/we-are-terribly-saddened-american-music-theater-reacts-to-bobby-rydells-death-which-was-scheduled-to-occur-in-september-entertainment/ The American Music Theater released a statement in light of the passing of rock and roll singer Bobby Rydell on Tuesday. Rydell was scheduled to perform at the American Music Theater in September, alongside Frankie Avalon and Fabian, as part of Dick Fox’s Golden Boys. American Music Theater has yet to announce any plans for […]]]>

The American Music Theater released a statement in light of the passing of rock and roll singer Bobby Rydell on Tuesday.

Rydell was scheduled to perform at the American Music Theater in September, alongside Frankie Avalon and Fabian, as part of Dick Fox’s Golden Boys.

American Music Theater has yet to announce any plans for ticket holders for this show. The folks at the box office will notify ticket holders after speaking with the Avalon and Fabian teams, according to its statement.

“We are terribly saddened to learn of the passing of a wonderful friend, family man and performer. A true class act, on and off stage, and a true fan and supporter of music, Bobby could be found in the audience here, as often as out front. We will miss her presence so much. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda, her entire family and her huge group of friends and fans,” American Music Theater states on its homepage. for the gig.

As of Wednesday afternoon, tickets are still on sale for the 9/11 show at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $69 to $89.

For more information, visit amtshows.com/golden-boys.

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In what will likely shock all North American music fans, Ukrainian Antytila ​​trades guitars for military fatigues https://steveazarlive.com/in-what-will-likely-shock-all-north-american-music-fans-ukrainian-antytila-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8btrades-guitars-for-military-fatigues/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 22:29:32 +0000 https://steveazarlive.com/in-what-will-likely-shock-all-north-american-music-fans-ukrainian-antytila-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8btrades-guitars-for-military-fatigues/ For as long as there has been punk rock, and the pioneering hippies and folks before that, war has been an inescapable source of inspiration for songwriters. Step back to the 1940s, and Woody Guthrie was setting the modern pattern for protest songs with works like “Tear the Fascists Down,” while making the idea of […]]]>

For as long as there has been punk rock, and the pioneering hippies and folks before that, war has been an inescapable source of inspiration for songwriters.

Step back to the 1940s, and Woody Guthrie was setting the modern pattern for protest songs with works like “Tear the Fascists Down,” while making the idea of ​​going into battle sound either inspiringly patriotic or subversively silly with “When the Fascists Down.” Yanks Come on in.

The ’60s gave us Creedence Clearwater Revival’s jaw-dropping “Fortunate Son” (“And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief”/They point the cannon at you”), and the timeless “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” by Pete Seeger (inspired, aptly, given what is happening in the world today, by the Ukrainian folk song “Koloda-Duda”).

Flash forward – or back, depending on which direction you’re coming from – to the ’80s, and Stiff Little Fingers raged against gun grabbing with “Wasted Life” (“Stuff Their Fucking Armies / Killing isn’t my idea of ​​fun”), while the Clash rang with everything from the searing “Hate and War” to the almost pensive “Call Up” (“Maybe I wanna see the wheat fields/Au- above kyiv and down to the sea”).

Video of The Clash – The Call Up (Official Video)

And let’s not forget the U2 War. Although, like almost everything recorded by U2, we would like to.

What do all these musicians have in common? Easy – it’s highly debatable whether any of them have ever held a gun, seen a battlefield, or had to listen to Gunnery Sergeant Hartman yell “What’s your major malfunction” during the basic training.

This lack of first-hand combat experience makes perfect sense, given that, with rare exceptions like Jason Everman, musicians tend to be on the “war sucks” side of the argument, rather than on the side “ lock and load”.

Still, as Stiff Little Fingers noted with the “Wasted Life” line “I can see the connection/With another time and another place,” sometimes things get messy.

Which brings us today to Antytila, a Ukrainian pop-rock band whose six albums have earned them top billing status in their homeland.

Video of Aнтитіла – Лови момент / Catch the moment / Official Video

The band no longer grabs the headlines for their music, which draws inspiration from everything from pop-punk to alternative rock to electro-alternative. Instead, what’s almost surreal given the group’s star statues is that, like many peaceful former residents of Ukraine, Antytila ​​members now live in military fatigues. And they spend their days on the front lines helping to provide first aid to wounded soldiers, loading weapons and generally getting involved like their fellow Ukrainians who have fought against Russia, in the streets and in the forests, since that Vladmir Putin decided to invade just over a month ago.

Antytila ​​frontman Taras Topolia released a video this week designed to give fans – and fellow musicians – a taste of how he now spends his time.

Standing in front of a ruined house at one point, he says: “Destroyed by Russian fires, houses and thousands of people were killed by the Russians, the troops, the Ukrainian people. You must know that we have no choice but to defend our country, and we will do so until we achieve victory of course.

Think of the balls it takes. And then ask yourself how likely North Americans are to see Miley Cyrus, Flea, Garth Brooks or Ted Nugent wielding a weapon to protect America from foreign invasion. In fact, totally cross that out on two fronts, because Cyrus would probably be there in a lanyard astride a wrecking ball, and Nugent would be armed not just with an AK-47, but a modified bow and arrow with frog poison. Which he got by killing the frog with a bottle of beer. But you get the idea.

Look here. And then marvel at the fact that some musicians have bigger cojons than others, especially when a war is warranted, at least on the home front.

Video of ANTYTILA – A day of war / IRPIN

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