Sonic Youth shared a live album on their Bandcamp, with a set recorded in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 14, 1989.
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After the release of ‘Daydream Nation’ in 1988, the band first performed in Kyiv while still part of the USSR, with further dates in Vilnius, Leningrad and Moscow.
According to a statement on their Bandcamp, “This revisit of the April 14th set honors the spirit of this nation…and marks a time when new ears were first transported.”
All proceeds from the live album will benefit World Central Cuisinewhich provides meals in liberated Ukrainian towns.
One of the concert attendees was Eugene Hutz from Gogol Bordello, who said: “This show by SY Kyiv was life changing for all the musicians who were there… we were already listening to Nick Cave, Einsturzende Neubauten, S Pistols and Discharge but it was the new vitamins we needed.
“I made the decision to experience NY on the spot. Also, my VV friends were opening so I got in for free. The fact that it wasn’t closed halfway like all the other punk gigs was the fact of a Ukrainian named Mikhailo Gorbachev, who created the atmosphere of political “springtime” and a promise of change.
— Sonic Youth (@thesonicyouth) April 14, 2022
Sergey Popovich of Siggy Pop added: “In general, few people said how much the Sonics, with their arrival, promoted the whole of the Soviets, and not just Kyiv. After all, in fact, maybe with this tour they drove the final nail into the coffin of the Soviets, and it was as if they were letting us in kyiv breathe a mixture that was finally fit for life.
The live album includes the tracks ‘Candle’, ‘Kissability’, ‘Silver Rocket’ and more. you can buy it here.
Last month, Sonic Youth released “In/Out/In”, a compilation of rare tracks recorded throughout the 2000s.
The five-track effort features two songs recorded at the band’s former stomping grounds – the Echo Canyon studio in New York, which they operated before moving to Hoboken – in 2000, one recorded during a sound check in 2010 and two home tapings hits in 2008. .
Earlier this month, Pink Floyd released their first new music in decades to aid the relief effort in Ukraine.
The new track, titled “Hey, Hey, Rise Up,” features a snippet from Andriy Khlyvnyuk, lead singer of Ukrainian band Boombox, and is the band’s first original music to be released since their 1994 album “The Division Bell.” All proceeds from the song will go to Ukraine Humanitarian Relief.
Elsewhere, Julian Lennon, son of John Lennon, performed ‘Imagine’ for the first time to help raise money for Ukraine. The cover was produced as part of the Stand Up For Ukraine campaign, a global fundraising effort broadcast from Warsaw, Poland.