The charity single from Ginger Wildheart and Ryan Hamilton, with contributions from Givvi Flynn and Emily Ewing, is finally here. You can download the three track EP featuring this single from Round Records’ Bandcamp page for a minimum donation of £5. There will also be a limited number of copies on CD available on the upcoming Wildhearts tour.
All proceeds after tax from this single will go The Samaritans.
The single is a cracking rock ‘n’ roller in the tradition of The Wildhearts’ best, but also – lyrics apart – sounds like a Slade Christmas song. Considering the nature of the cause being focussed on (read below), it’s a brilliant piece of upbeat pop rock.
It’s backed by “Ode to the Idiots”, which is hidden at the end of Ryan’s latest album The Devil’s in the Detail, and “Dogbreath”, a bizarre and funky instrumental.
A message from Ryan:
Ginger and I have both been very vocal about our struggles with depression and anxiety. Mental health issues like these deserve much more attention, and respect, than they get.
After we wrote “Fuck You, Brain” we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. Ginger had the idea to use it as a charity single, and asked if I was ok with that. I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough.
A message from Ginger:
Ironically I struggled even getting to the studio to record my parts for this single, deep as I was in my current battle with depression. The same attack that almost killed me a week ago.
My depression wants me dead. So far I’m winning on weight advantage, but the battle is never over.
This is a very vulnerable time of year for sufferers of mental health issues, and suicide sees a marked increase over Christmas and New Year. So the help provided by The Samaritans is invaluable, especially over this period.
Please help us in helping someone this year.
A message from Givvi:
When Ginger asked me if I’d like to get involved with this single, it was a no-brainer. I fully appreciate how dark some days can be – why wouldn’t I want to do something which might help those suffering similarly?
I hope the song raises money and awareness for a great cause. It was a pleasure to be part of such a positive, rewarding venture.
A message from Emily:
It has been a real honour to have my vocals feature on this track. The song has such an important message, one that speaks to me personally as well.