News: Flogging Molly Drop Mad Twins Video for ‘A Song of Liberty’

Flogging Molly have joined forces with renowned Ukrainian animators and filmmakers The Mad Twins for their “A Song of Liberty” video highlighting humanity’s ongoing struggle against oppression, from Ireland’s Easter Uprising through to the current occupation of Ukraine.

Ukrainian twin sisters Olya and Vira Ischuk have created award-winning videos for Social Distortion, NOFX, Josh Freese, and more.

The Ischuks explain their work with Flogging Molly: 

“We were working on this video for three months under air alerts and constant shelling of our country. Dave and Bridget got in touch with us for this very special song which is meant to tell the Easter Rising story and highlight the universal message of nations who fought for their independence and identity. These are idealists who will fight and die for their ideas. We connected the story with the reality we are experiencing in Ukraine. 

Generations who went through two world wars paid with their blood for peace. Modern generations have grown up in a world where it is easy to take things for granted. We had calls with Dave talking about the video development where Dave exclaimed indignantly ‘What?! Again?! People have to go through war again?!’ We’ve been going through this for over six months now: life plans stopped, our friends were drafted, some of them have already been killed, friends’ homes have been destroyed or looted, the lucky ones have been evacuated to a safer region or abroad. Generations of Ukrainians have been traumatized for a lifetime.”

Flogging Molly’s Dave King adds:

“It’s a song of freedom, which I wrote as a recounting of a dark period in Irish history. But suddenly the injustice, and the fight against it became current events. And so our Ukrainian friends, who’ve had their freedom taken away from them, created something with it that seeks to inspire hope in everyone.”

A donation button for N.Y.-based charity Razom for Ukraine (Together for Ukraine) has been added to the video on the band’s YouTube channel. You can also donate here.

Flogging Molly and The Interrupters resume their U.S. co-headlining trek on Friday, with support from Tiger Army and The Skints. Grab tickets here.

Watch the “A Song of Liberty” video below, and check out more of the Mad Twins’ work here.

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Images courtesy of Flogging Molly. Featured image credit: Katie Hovland.

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