On this day 27 years ago, an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, killed dozens of people and released a plume of radioactive fallout that would eventually require the relocation of more than 350,000 people.
The event ranks as the worst nuclear disaster in history. The area immediately surrounding Chernobyl is still too radioactive for habitation and will remain so for another 20,000 years. Until recently, an exclusion zone of 19 miles (30 km) extended in all directions from the power plant, which is now entombed in concrete. In 2011, however, Ukraine opened up this area to tourists, giving the world a peek into a town abandoned and untouched for nearly three decades.
I was originally going to post Have Mercy’s new song “This Old Ark” (definitely take a listen to this song too), but then I found the video for “Let’s Talk About Your Hair” that came out a couple weeks ago. Have Mercy is one of my favorite bands on my favorite label - Topshelf Records. They’re a four-piece band from Baltimore with a really great indie/emo/alternative/post-hardcore/pop-punk sound, and their first full length album, The Earth Pushed Back, is due out on May 21. This song was also on their first EP My Oldest Friend, which you can listen to here. I highly recommend checking these guys out, pre-ordering the new album, and if you’re in Detroit, seeing them at Bled Fest with Anti-Flag, Pianos Become The Teeth, Tigers Jaw, and more. -Josh