Musicians “Come Together” to support Ukraine

A new musical supergroup, Lifeline International, is releasing a new cover of a Beatles classic to help benefit UNICEF’s efforts in Ukraine. 

The efforts of COP International Records founder Christian Petke and producer John Fryer, the new album, “Come Together (We Will Stop You)” is available on COP International’s Bandcamp page, with all proceeds going to UNICEF. 

And, as it happens, this Friday is April 1, making it a Bandcamp Friday…just in case you needed a little extra incentive to make a purchase. 

“The song is a simple and direct message to the millions of people who are currently suffering in Ukraine and beyond. You are not alone. We see you,” Petke says. 

“I’m shocked, stunned, dismayed, angry, horrified and saddened by the situation in Ukraine,” adds Fryer. “I don’t know how one man’s insane ego can cause this much death and destruction.” 

Both Fryer and Petke were born in Europe and were inspired by Bob Geldof’s “We Are The World” efforts in the mid-’80s to try and do more to help the people of Ukraine, now one month into a siege from Russia. 

“While we are obviously excited about this new song’s immediate ability to raise awareness and money, we’d like to think that ‘Come Together’ is only the first step of many,” Petke says. “The simple act of supporting one song can help spread a message of hope and compassion around the entire world.” 

Fryer worked quickly with Stephen Lam of Deathline International to assemble an all-star and wide-ranging cast of talent for the album, including members of Faith No More, Stabbing Westward, Rammstein, Ukraine’s The Hardkiss, Revolting Cocks, Filter, Pigface, The Joy Thieves, Agnostic Front, Basement Jaxx, Gravity Kills, The Cassandra Complex, Mesh, blackcarburning, Deathline International, Vaselyne and Black Needle Noise. 

“The number one goal for ‘Come Together (We Will Stop You)’ is to directly and quickly help the people who need it most,” the organizers say. “One of the most crucial parts of that process is ensuring that every last dollar that we raise is used properly, which is why we have chosen to donate 100% of the proceeds to UNICEF. Not only are they a long-standing organization that people already know and trust, but they are famously transparent when it comes to the money that passes through their organization. We have been in touch with them and we’re pleased to report that we can designate every last dollar raised specifically for the people of Ukraine and Eastern Europe.”  

The album is available for a minimum donation of $1 but people are encouraged to pay more if they’d like. Or, if people would prefer, they can donate directly to UNICEF here

Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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