Ted Leo wrote and recorded all the instruments himself for his new song specifically for the Band Together: A Benefit for Ukraine compilation. "The Clearing of the Land" sounds like exactly what it is. It's a Ted Leo protest song that sounds like a modern alt-rock version of classic protest songs. If anything, "The Clearing of the Land" sounds like a ye olden march with killer electric guitar solos. Ted Leo is singing passionately as if he's trying to motivate a crowd of rebels. While the beat of the song remains a steady march, it's truly the guitars that propel it along. When I say that it contains killer indie rock guitar solos, it contains some of the best ones we've heard this year.
You can listen to "The Clearing of the Land" below. Band Together: A Benefit for Ukraine is available now via Bandcamp and also features songs from Unsane and The World/Inferno Friendship Society. All proceeds from the album go to Razom, a New York-based 501c3 non-profit providing aid across Ukraine. For more on Razom, check out their website.