Local bands use punk rock album to help Ukrainians
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — In addition to Buc Days, a music festival was also taking place in downtown Corpus Christi at House of Rock. All profits are intended to help the Ukrainian people.
Why use guns when you can use punk rock music to stand up to Russia?
It was the idea of two school teachers and that’s how Punk Against Putin was born.
Tristan Richards and Tyler Chrobocinski of Left Handed Knives have brought together 10 local bands to rock Ukraine.
“We both work at a local secondary school, just across from each other. He came to me about 5 weeks ago and he’s like I had this great idea,” Chrobocinski said. “Let’s set this thing up. I’m texting nine other groups in town. And within an hour they all said yes, let’s do it.
The 10 groups created the album Punk Against Putin. So put this music festival on
to donate to United Help Ukraine.
” That’s all. He uses what we know how to do in a positive way,” Richards said. “So whenever we saw everything that was happening in Ukraine, we wanted to help in some way. And we were like, well, what’s the best way we can help? And we being the passionate musicians that we are, what better way to do that than to use our passion.
“Not only are we musicians, but we are also historians,” Chrobocinski said. “So there’s a dual element to our feelings about it and what we can do to make a difference.”
They have also brought in local vendors to help raise funds, such as one of their colleagues Tetyana Stromer, who is from Ukraine. She and her son are trying to help their family and friends still in Kyiv with Glory For Ukraine
“That’s huge, thank you very much,” Stromer said. “This is a message from the people of Ukraine, directly from Ukraine. They are extremely grateful for everything that has been done, the support from America.
If you missed the shows, you can always get a copy of the album here.
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