Dear Friday – Hurry up. Love, me.
Today’s first video has more than the usual “blurb” to go with it. There’s a reason for this. Please take the time to read it before enjoying the tune-age which follows.
Led By Lanterns – “Save A Life”
Birmingham four piece Łed By Łanterns have released an incredibly poignant new single, titled “Save A Life”. The aim of the single, and accompanying video, is to raise awareness of knife crime amongst young people. The single can be purchased via Bandcamp, with profits going to the victims of knife crime and their families.
Many lives are affected in the UK as a result of knife crime. When Łed By Łanterns found out about the Save A Life, Surrender Your Knife campaign, they immediately knew they wanted to be involved.
Łed By Łanterns comment:
We had no idea that knife crime in the UK was this horrific. There is a knife attack every 4 minutes in the UK alone. After seeing the scale of the angel sculpture, made from thousands of seized or surrendered knives, it really became so real for us and we wanted to help the mission to reduce the number of knives on the UK streets. We suggested that we help spread awareness of the campaign in the only way we could, which was to write and release a song about it all. We called the song “Save A Life”.
We’ve met some amazing, strong people throughout this mission including Rachel Webb, who sadly lost her son Tom in a knife attack this January. She has been absolutely amazing in helping us out by starring in the music video. Hearing her story and feeling her emotion first hand has hit us hard. To think that there are countless more people like her, going through similar situations is absolutely heart breaking.
“Save A Life” is a lot more than just a song. We really hope that it will make a difference. If just one person reconsiders carrying a knife after hearing the song or seeing the music video, then we would feel like we’ve achieved something.
The ‘Save A Life, Surrender Your Knife’ campaign aims to reduce the number of knives on the UK streets by providing knife amnesty boxes for people to surrender their blades anonymously, with no fear of repercussions. From these knives, sculptor Alfie Bradey has created the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression Knife Angel statue. The statue will be leaving the workshop to go on display early next year, and there is currently a campaign going on to get it displayed on the fourth pillar at Trafalgar Square.
Hukutus – “Nadiirit”
Hukutus come from Finland. They play metal (well, duh – they’re Finnish) and have just released their long-awaited new single.
Once Human – “Gravity”
After cracking the one million views mark on YouTube with their video for “Eye Of Chaos”, the first single to be taken from their upcoming sophomore album Evolution, Once Human release their new single “Gravity”. Evolution is to be released on February 10th, 2017 and iTunes pre-orders get you a copy of “Gravity” right now.
Evolution is not just the title of Once Human’s sophomore release, it’s an armor-plated declaration. Having made waves with their 2015 debut, The Life I Remember, the band have dramatically progressed beyond the melodic death metal sound of that release into something more complex, emotional, distinct, and devastatingly heavy. Guitarist, founder and ex-Machine Head member Logan Mader says:
Having been focused on recording, producing and developing bands, I had not picked up the guitar out of passion for twelve years but as soon as I started writing with Lauren (Hart, vocals) I fell in love with what we were making, and I wanted to play in the band and get back on stage.
Symmetry – “Gotta Wake You Up”
The new single from Californian 4-piece Symmetry, is led by vocalist Mike Campbell whose powerful range embraces both the delicate and the passionate, whilst interwoven by the subtle guitar work of founder Jared Hara, coupled with the intoxicating rhythm from Will Weiner on bass and Max D’Anda’s commanding drums, we are left with a 3-minute pop/rock classic.