Cheer up! There are so many more important things going on in the world than elections and Brexit. There are people less fortunate than you or I, struggling to keep the fridge full, find a roof, or have a doctor who cares. So this week’s blog post is dedicated to the musicians trying to make a difference in this mad, mad world. Cheers!
Last year, Phoebe Bridgers treated us to the beauty that was Christmas Song. This festive season, we’re getting another delightfully gentle holiday song, but 7 O’Clock News / Silent Night comes with a critical twist.
Along with help from the National frontman Matt Berninger and backing vocals from Fiona Apple, Bridgers’ take on Silent Night is a soft performance underneath a depressing news broadcast.
100% of the profits will go to Planned Parenthood, and the track comes with a statement from Phoebe: “Happy Holidays to everyone whose family has been literally or figuratively torn apart by Donald Trump. And to my racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical family members, fuck you. Thanks Fiona, Matt, Simon, and Garfunkel.”
I’m not entirely sure who or what LadBaby is, but I couldn’t escape that name this week. Everywhere you looked, there was something about sausage rolls. More than anything, it was making me hungry.
Lunch over, and it turns out the comedy group, led by parenting YouTuber Mark Hoyle, hit the number one Christmas single spot last year with the charity single We Built This City On Sausage Rolls. They’re back with their love for savoury pastries in 2019.
I Love Sausage Rolls was recorded at Abbey Road (YEP!) and is as hilarious and silly as you might imagine. But it’s all in the name of a good cause, and that’s why we’re featuring it this week — proceeds from the track will go to the Trussell Trust, whose mission is to end the need for food banks in the UK. Watch and enjoy below.
It’s a bit grey outside, the rain hasn’t stopped for about eighteen weeks, and everything is cold. We all hate it, but think yourself lucky — some people don’t have a cosy warm home to return to at the end of the day.
Wille Edwards (from Wille And The Bandits, who are on tour next year) is trying to raise awareness of the UK’s homelessness crisis with his new powerful, heartfelt anthem, Houses On The Sand.
The atmospheric track uses sparse guitars and the dramatic vocals of Wille to comment on “the system that has failed” and what it’s like to struggle in that broken system.
Do some good over the weekend by buying one of these singles or donating to a charity you believe in. Get in the Christmassy spirit!