The Zipheads and Nosebleed, both popular stalwarts of the DIY punk scene, have teamed up with the Joe Strummer Foundation to release a song each from The Clash’s back catalogue in their own raucous styles, raising money to provide opportunities to musicians and support to projects around the world that create empowerment through music.
From the South-East, The Zipheads have been taking their high-octane rockabilly-punk roots- and-roll to audiences worldwide since 2013, releasing 2 albums and clocking up hundreds of shows from all over the UK and Europe to the USA and Russia. Theirs is a radical reworking of the Clash’s 1980 reggae single “Bankrobber”. Guitarist Ray explains- “The Clash have always been my favourite band. All the different styles and influences that shape our sound- rockabilly, reggae, punk- we discovered all of that through the Clash. We recorded this as an Albert Lee-style upbeat country number, it seemed to work!! We’re all so proud to be working with Joe Strummer Foundation and hopefully this single can help them with the all good work that they do.”
Our northern contenders are Nosebleed – a garage rock ‘n’ roll trio who have been touring around the UK and Europe since 2014. They contribute their treatment of Clash classic “Train In Vain” Known for their suited and booted stage presence, their live show is the stuff of legend. Bassist Ben says “Since I was small, I’ve always had the Clash in my life coz my dad has been into punk since it started. We’re really proud to be helping the Joe Strummer Foundation and contributing to them bringing music into the lives of future generations. Joe Strummer and The Clash are so important to so many people – the diversity of the sounds and influences they brought into their music is inspirational.”
Both tracks will be released by Bomber Music across all digital platforms on the 8th May. All profits from the release will go to The Joe Strummer Foundation who provide opportunities to musicians and support to projects around the world that create empowerment through music.
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