JINJER inspired by war in Ukraine for new songs
At last weekend’s Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Walton-on-Trent, United Kingdom, bassist Eugene Abdukhanov of Ukrainian modern metallers JINJER confirmed to Elena Marastoni from EMP that he and his bandmates have commenced work on a new album. “We actually have some songs written already,” he said. “Because of Russia’s war in Ukraine, we had nothing else to do, and we were inspired, let’s say, by the events in a different way. When there were a lot of bombings in Kyiv and we had to hide in the shelters from the Russian bombs, Vlad (Ulasevich) wrote a lot — our drummer wrote a lot. This is what drove him, I think. As soon as the Russians withdrew from Kyiv, I wrote some songs. So we already have some songs written.”
Asked when fans should expect to hear new music from JINJER, Eugene said: “It’s very hard to say. With the events going on, it’s very hard to plan and think about the future. So I am enjoying the moment.”
In a recent interview JINJER bassist Eugene Abdukhanov told how he has witnessed real horrors in Ukraine and he saw things that he described as the most horrific thing he has ever seen.
Watch the interview below.
Ukrainian metallers JINJER have been given permission from authorities to leave their war-torn nation and tour Europe this summer as ambassadors of the country.
Earlier this summer (June 8th), the band issued the following statement via social media: “We are very honored to announce that together with the help of the Ukrainian Ministry Of Culture, that we have successfully been granted permission to travel abroad as ambassadors of our country to raise funds and awareness about the war raging back home.
“Come support, dance and scream your hearts out for Ukraine!“
In support of the announcement, JINJER now has released a surprise video for ‘Call Me A Symbol’, taken off their latest critically acclaimed album, Wallflower.
“I think this video for ‘Call Me A Symbol’ will forever hold a special and unique place in our hearts as a band. Filmed on our short but awesome European Tour in 2021 tour that almost did not happen because of the pandemic, and now released at such a dark time in which our country has been invaded and there is war on the streets of our home. I really hope this video and this important time in history gives people a new perspective that there are always two sides to everything. Good and Evil, Just and unjust – cherish the good times and face the bad head on… but never ever give up.”
Watch ‘Call Me A Symbol’ below.
Three months ago, JINJER released new merchandise designs to help raise funds to support their country. By April, the effort had resulted in more than $150,000 being raised, with proceeds set to be distributed directly to charity organizations of JINJER’s choosing.