Two bands from the UK’s DIY punk scene have teamed up with Bomber Music to record songs by The Clash to raise money for the Joe Strummer Foundation.
The Zipheads and Nosebleed release the digital single today – get it on Bandcamp here – to help raise money for the Foundation, which provides opportunities to musicians and supports projects around the world that create empowerment through music.
Hailing from St Albans, The Zipheads have been unleashing their high-octane rockabilly-punk-roots-and-roll on audiences since 2013, releasing two albums and clocking up hundreds of shows, around the UK and Europe and as far and wide as the USA and Russia.
Their track is a radical reworking of The Clash’s 1980 reggae single Bankrobber.
Guitarist Ray Waters 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, and 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.”
The other contributors are Nosebleed, a garage rock ‘n’ roll trio from Leeds, who have been touring around the UK and Europe since 2014.
Known for their suited and booted stage presence, their live show is the stuff of legend, and they chose The Clash track Train In Vain.
Bassist Ben Hannah said: “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 are being released by Bomber Music across all digital platforms on May 8, with all profits from the release going to The Joe Strummer Foundation.
For more information on the charity and its work, visit www.joestrummerfoundation.org