Hamburg’s Dub-Ska-Punk outfit BRAINDEAD, a long statinding member of the Pumpkin family are known for their explicit political stand as much as they are known for their energetic mix of styles. No wonder the recent developments – augmentation of social and institutional racism, increasing repression and intensification of the crisis – left their mark on the band. ''Hamburg gegen Gewalt'' sets its focus on events that are especially close to the band members: the increase of racist police violence against refugees in the city of Hamburg. The second tune, ''Cross the Border'', addresses the EU-backed and -funded deaths in the Mediterranean. It was written in the summer of 2013, quite some time before migration issues started to dominate the media, and sadly remains to be valid. Both songs are followed by a Version by Dub Soundsystem CONSCIOUS YOUTH (UK/BG), friends of Braindead who have had a similarly clear stand on the same topic, which made this collaboration seem more than natural.