Mission Driven Music With A Timely Message : Punks Unite For Ukraine on Grimace Records

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The legendary Dave Dictor of MDC with Sophie Rousmaniere

Grimace Records latest release is :  PUNK FOR UKRAINE: A Compilation to Benefit Doctors Without Borders, Vol. 1

The new release is in alignment with the Grimace Records mission.  Grimace says they are  

“dedicated to using music and modern media to inform, inspire, and invigorate social change in the name of progress.”  Together, they say, “we will turn the tide against exploitation, racism and discrimination, harmful profiteering, hate and intolerance, endless violence.”  

According to a media release put out by the label – 

“Compiling multitudes of fiery, restless bands across five volumes of music, Punk for Ukraine showcases underground and countercultural global solidarity in the face of Putin’s terrible war on Ukraine. It forcefully draws attention to heinous crimes against humanity, slaughter and injustice, and a savage war aimed at causing mass casualties, plus the ongoing, high-risk, strenuous efforts of doctors from all over the world converging and risking everything to save lives on the front lines.

International in scope and extremely urgent, 300 bands have contributed songs from over 30 countries, including Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Japan, Columbia, Holland, UK, Philippines, China, Mexico, and more. Hence, the effort shows how punks and resistance cultures are willing to help, no matter the corner of the globe.

Bands include classic potent punk acts like Subhumans, Toxic Reasons, MDC, Dr. Know,  Conflict, Reagan Youth, Culture Shock, and a solo effort from Kevin Seconds, singer of 7 Seconds. They are joined by a younger crew of equally ferocious and powerful bands, like Urban Waste, Days and Daze, Acidez, The Elected Officials, and many more. In spirit and style, mode and manner, this release embodies the legacy of punks struggling for social progress and social change, including the efforts of pioneer Dave Dictor of MDC. He is joined by Sophie Rousmaniere of Issue Television 501c3 (www.issuetv.org) and John Hale of Rival Studios, who constitute the core of Grimace Records, a digital label dedicated to highlight, underscore, and support various righteous causes and punk music itself.

Volume One is a staggering collection of disruptors, including fierce Myanmar street punks and Food Not Bombs activists Rebel Riot; powerhouse politico feminist icons like Naked Aggression and Elected Officials; ongoing UK troublemakers Subhumans, ska-agitators Better Off Dead, and French melodic rockers Garlic Frog Diet; new school Texas hellraisers Noogy; murky and snarling San Francisco’s queer punk Lolly Gaggers; Italian thrash-punk maniacs Raw Power and seismic Canadian rockers Terminal City Rats; thundering heavy-hitters Sexcult and zealous speed-shredding thrashers Conflict Resolution, and so many more!”

Grimace Records is committed to bringing attention to “social, environmental, medical, feminist, anti-war, and environmental causes steered by visionary punks, anarchists, and other activists,”  

Previous Grimace releases have  included INTERNATIONAL P.E.A.C.E. Compilation and the MYANMAR RESISTANCE Compilation.  According to the company’s  media release, “In 2020, Grimace Records re-released the Peace Compilation. Over the course of one year’s worth of listens, $1,000 was raised to distribute to Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, an anarchist organization working on the ground to stop the spread of COVID-19. In May of 2021, Grimace released the Myanmar Resistance Compilation, featuring over 40 international bands, which supported Food Not Bombs Myanmar. An upcoming 3rd compilation will support the ongoing 20-year Occupation of Che Guevara Auditorium in Mexico City.” 

The couldn’t be more timely PUNK FOR UKRAINE: A Compilation to Benefit Doctors Without Borders, Vol. 1 was quickly added to the mix in light of recent events. 

In the words of John Hale, co-founder of Grimace Records.,  “Anyone who can listen to the music can support the cause!”  Like their website says, “The best part is, to donate and support these causes, all a listener has to do is access the music online and hit “play.”

It’s that easy.   

Find Punk For Ukraine Vol.1 and other powerful punk compilations on Spotify or at www.grimacerecords.com 

Posted by Georgina Stewart

Georgina is a singer and songwriter. She loves writing about music and everything that comes with it.

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