Protest songs can doc a second because it occurs, inspiring consciousness and motion, however they’ll additionally attain throughout time, telling tales as related now as after they had been written. Ted Leo‘s written a number of of those songs (“Mourning in America,” “Bleeding Powers” amongst them), his fervor fiery and sensitivity eager.
With a ragged rock and roll stomp like a self-contained Loopy Horse (Leo performs all of the devices right here), “The Clearing of the Land” reveals how the police state, purposefully skewed language, and state-sanctioned media provides oppressors systemic motive “to kill us all or drive us all, 12 months by 12 months, off the land.” Oppression is a meticulous course of, regularly constructing hurt to communities till delivered to disaster. Violence is rarely the primary strike, however the proof that calls for response, typically approach too late. Layers of fuzz-fried guitar solos whip and wind by way of the final minute, however not earlier than Leo asks us to wake the hell up: “In the long run, buddy, actually what had been you anticipating? And who’s it you need to be defending?”
The music was written for Band Collectively: A Profit for Ukraine, a compilation that includes The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Unsane, Pušča, Кат and others — a mixture of punk, metallic and folks artists from Ukraine and the USA, together with a number of tracks recorded post-invasion by artists dwelling in conflict. All proceeds from the compilation profit Razom, a New York-based non-profit offering assist throughout Ukraine.