The cover of ‘I Believe In Miracles’ by the freshly formed #rockforhope collective will raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts.
The group includes My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero, The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins, Gogol Bordello’s Boris Pelekh and Eugene Hutz, The Donnas’ Brett Anderson, Frank Turner, Plain White T’s’ Tom Higgenson and Rival Sons’ Michael Miley. The line-up is completed by Gorilla Biscuit’s Walter Schreifels, MuteMath’s Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas, and Flogging Molly’s Nathen Maxwell. Watch a performance of the cover created in lockdown below.
On a GoFundMe page created to raise money for the Partners In Health organisation, the band shared a statement about the project. “This is a very special punk-rock song and we hope that it brings positivity to people’s lives at this difficult time,” they wrote. “We are also raising funds for the Partners In Health COVID-19 charity. Our motto is simple: Watch our video. If you enjoy it, please donate. If you’re not in the position to give, share it with someone that is.”
In a press release, Pelekh added: “Rock for Hope was inspired by my mom who’s in her mid-sixties and a staff nurse at New York Presbyterian in Queens. Her hospital became a central hotspot of the pandemic in New York City and her unit was repurposed for COVID-19 patients.”
The cover isn’t the first charity effort to be created by stars during the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the likes of Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bastille, Mabel and Dave Grohl joined together to cover Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’ to raise money for Comic Relief and Children In Need.
Watch Kele Okereke perform Bloc Party’s ‘Kettling’ in support of Black Lives Matter
The Bloc Party frontman, whose most recent solo record was last year’s ‘2042’, shared a video of himself playing the song from his home. The word ‘Kettling’ refers to the police tactic in which officers form large cordons to contain a crowd within a limited area.
Some of the lyrics to the song from Bloc Party’s 2012 album, ‘Four’, read: “Po-po don’t fuck around / As their cameras take pictures of us“, and: “Because they can’t stop this / We can feel it in our bones“.
Okereke’s performance comes amid a time of global unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
Floyd, 46, was pinned down by the neck by officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. As well as Chauvin, three other officers now all face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
“The political backdrop that we’re experiencing right now is quite frightening to me,” Okereke explained. “The most powerful man in the world in the US is a racist and, in this country, the Prime Minister is an unapologetic racist too. Brexit has unleashed a wave of nativist patriotism and there’s been an unleashing of ugliness and a coarsening of the rhetoric,” he said.
“I’ve never experienced such widespread public racism and for it to be given the centre ground…”
‘Talk – Action = Zero’ compilation featuring Jesse Malin and Phantogram released on Bandcamp for Black Lives Matter
Rough Trade Publishing has teamed up with Bank Robber Music to release Talk – Action = Zero, a new compilation album honouring black victims of police brutality.
The compilation is released on Bandcamp today (June 5) as the platform waives all of its revenue shares for 24 hours to directly benefit artists and labels.
All proceeds from the Talk – Action = Zero compilation will be donated to the Black Visions Collective, a Minnesota-based organisation that aims to champion black leadership and community in the US state.
The compilation boasts unreleased material from the likes of Jesse Malin, Phantogram, Jay Watts, Bartees Strange, Matthew Caws, Lonemoon, Rogue Wave, and Crashing Hotels. Other contributions include Nick Andre, Worriers, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Sulene, Superchunk, and Damon & Naomi.
Bandcamp Friday starts now. Here’s a list of artists and labels with special releases, including many donating to organizations in support of racial justice and change. https://t.co/G5W0kdakHz
— bandcamp (@Bandcamp) June 5, 2020
“We as a small company have always been committed to our artist community, but it would be a disservice to not recognise that the music we love and the roster of artists we represent are influenced by Black culture,” Emily Roman of Bank Robber Music said.
“The artist and the Black community are in the midst of changing times. We wanted to use our platform to amplify the two communities that allow us to do what we love every day in this industry. We are extremely grateful for all the artists we work with who quickly mobilised to be a part of this benefit compilation. We are here for our artists, and we stand with Black Lives Matter. This is the time to dive in, dig deep and take action.”
It comes in the same week as global protests against the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody.
He was pinned down by the neck by officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. As well as Chauvin, three other officers now all face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
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Watch Brian Wilson’s timely performance of ‘Love And Mercy’ from Colbert
Brian Wilson performed his 1988 song ‘Love And Mercy’ for the latest episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The Beach Boys frontman took to his piano from where he is spending quarantine for a stripped-back rendition of his debut solo single yesterday (June 4), a song that calls for peace and understanding in trying times.
“Hi, this is Brian Wilson everyone,” Wilson says in the clip sat before his piano. “I just want you guys to know that we’re all in this together.” Watch his performance below.
— A Late Show (@colbertlateshow) June 5, 2020
Some of the song lyrics read: “I was lying in my room / And the news came on TV / A lotta people out there hurtin’ / And it really scares me“, and: “Love and mercy, that’s what you need tonight“.
Wilson’s song choice was befitting of the current political climate, as protests against the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, continue worldwide.
The pioneering pop band, who formed in 1961, have been touring in two separate camps since the end of their 50th anniversary tour back in 2012. Bandmember Mike Love has now expressed his openness towards reuniting with his bandmates for a 60th anniversary tour next year.
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