Jesse Malin sang about a “gypsy playing his nylon-string guitar” in his 2010 barnstormer and live show staple “All the Way From Moscow,” a song about returning to touring in New York. The gypsy in question was Gogol Bordello’s Ukrainian-born singer Eugene Hütz, who reunites with Malin for a cover of The Pogues’ “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” to benefit the Ukrainian people during Vladimir Putin’s assault. against their country.
Released Friday via Velvet Elk Records, “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” – the title track from Shane MacGowan and the Pogues’ 1988 album – arrives with new video of Malin and Hütz performing the song in front of the 107th Infantry Memorial near Central Park. Directed by Ehud Lazin, the hand-filmed video is a typically kinetic performance from the two singers known for their respective high-energy shows.
Malin and Hütz’s duet, recorded with Malin’s band, is released exclusively on Bandcamp. All proceeds benefit the US-Ukraine Foundation, which “supports the development of democracy, a market economy, and human rights in Ukraine, as well as the strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine. “.
“Universe knows Jesse and I bonded over Pogues years ago,” Hütz said in a statement. “And it is only natural that we now sing this anti-colonial song for Ukraine. This land has always been ours! And no amount of Muscovite propaganda can undo more than a thousand years of history.
“Rock & Roll has always been synonymous with freedom and the people of Ukraine are fighting for their life and their land. After everything we’ve all been through over the past few years, I think a lot of us can relate,” Malin said. rolling stone. “Woody Guthrie said of his guitar, ‘This machine kills fascists’ – I’ve always believed in global unity through music. The universal heartbeat that brings us together.
In April, Hütz joined Les Claypool, Billy Strings and others on the song “The Man With the Iron Balls”, a tribute to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Gogol Bordello also held a benefit concert for Ukraine in March with guests including Malin, Patti Smith and Hold Steady’s Craig Finn.