One Ukrainian band decided 2step up its musical output even as it fights off the Russian invasion, teaming up with British artist Ed Sheeran to release a remix of his hit single "2step."
The song, which was released on Monday along with a music video filmed in Kyiv and other portions of Ukraine, features three members of the band who are currently serving in the Ukrainian military as part of the 130th Battalion of Territorial Defense.
"The sirens interrupted our sleep, grabbed in two suitcases everything that is in the past, then go, you’re behind the wheel, into the unknown,” the group's lead singer, Taras Topolia, says in the recreated song verses, according to the Washington Post.
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As of Wednesday, the music video has garnered over 1.9 million views on YouTube, featuring rewritten lyrics telling the story of the fallout of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Scenes in the music video show a girl and her mother evacuating the country in their car among other backgrounds depicting the unrest in the country.
The band first reached out to Sheeran back in March, hoping to join a benefit concert raising funds for Ukrainian humanitarian relief. Though the band ultimately did not play in the two-hour event that raised over $17.6 million, Sheeran's team later got in touch with the band about writing a remake of his song.
2step remix featuring Ukraine's own @antytila_offic is out now! https://t.co/rJdGMll3YQ pic.twitter.com/pSV6eKYmk2— Ed Sheeran HQ (@edsheeran) May 2, 2022
"They proposed to us to write an absolutely new second verse and second chorus," Topolia told People. "We understood that it's very important, despite that we are doing our military job, it's very essential to create something, of course, to write some new lyrics and to find the words and find the inspiration to do this."
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Profits from the "worldwide record royalties from YouTube streams of the official visualizer, and Warner Music's proceeds from such streams" will go toward Music Saves UA, a nonprofit fundraising project to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine.