Belle and Sebastian have shared a new single, ‘If They’re Shooting At You’, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross to support those affected by the war in Ukraine.
The band, who announced their first studio album in seven years ‘A Bit Of Previous’ earlier this month, explain: “When the situation in Ukraine first started to happen it became clear that the lives of the people there, and probably ‘ours’ too, were never going to be the same. The band had just started rolling out tracks for our new album, and it all felt a bit silly to be honest. We had one track called “If They’re Shooting At You”, it’s a song about being lost, broken and under threat of violence. The key line is ‘if they’re shooting at you kid you must be doing something right.'”
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and hope that their pain and suffering can be brought to a halt as soon as possible.”
“We got in touch with various photographers and creatives in Ukraine and they generously said that we could put their pictures to music. In creating this we aspire to show a hopeful, defiant side, as well as bringing an awareness to the plight of the people there. We think any way in which we can get behind Ukraine – politically, culturally, practically, spiritually – it must all add up in the end. Together we have to do what it takes to help Ukraine beat this tyranny.”
You can check out ‘If They’re Shooting At You’ below.