UK heavy hitters Architects have announced they’re auctioning off a CD copy of their rare 2005 demo to help raise funds for charity.
The demo was, which was only available to friends and family back in the day, and includes tracks such as ‘A Portrait For The Deceased’ and ‘You Don’t Walk Away From Dismemberment’.
The rare release is currently being auctioned on eBay, with the winning proceeds being donated to Martlets Hospice, which provides help for terminally ill people in Brighton and Hove, and the surrounding areas.
Check out the tweet below.
If you want to get your hands on a piece of architects history whilst donating to a charity very close to our hearts! Get the first ever demo here https://t.co/rJ1wWLTkRL
We’re not a week into the release of their new tracks, ‘Protect The Land’ and ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’ and System Of A Down have already raised a huge $600,000 for charity.
SOAD shared their first new tracks in fifteen years last Friday where they donated all the proceeds they received through Bandcamp to the Armenia Fund, a charity to provide assistance to those in need in Artsakh and Armenia.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your incredible support of our campaign for the people of Artsakh, and for helping us raise over $600k in donations to provide for those in dire need via the Armenia Fund,” they say.
“Because of you, we will be able to help displaced civilians, young and old, who are affected by the hideous war crimes inflicted upon Artsakh by Azerbaijan and Turkey. Please take a few minutes to watch our full interview to get a more intimate look and understanding into why we came together to release Protect The Land and Genocidal Humanoidz.
“To the four of us, it’s extremely important to share these truths with you. It is for our ancestors, our culture, and our nation. Help us spread the message. Watch the interview in full below.”
After the performance from their quarantine station, Queen & Adam Lambert have now released an official version of the imagining of the track, ‘We Are The Champions’, with the proceeds going to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organization.
The updated version of the track is titled as ‘You Are The Champions’, which was worked on virtually between the UK and LA by the band whilst in quarantine.
A joint statement on the track is as follows:
“By each playing our part and addressing the difficult times we are all sharing we will win this challenge. During this time our thoughts and thanks are with those dedicated medical heroes standing up to the battle daily on our behalf. They are the champions. You are the champions.”
“It seems to me we should dedicate this one to all the front-line soldiers fighting for humanity against the insurgent coronavirus,” explains Brian May. “Just like our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who fought for us in two world wars, those brave warriors in the front line are our new champions. That means the doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters, drivers, tea-ladies and gentlemen, and all who are quietly risking their lives daily to save the lives of our kin. Champions all!!!”
“As a father with a daughter in the front line, I am ultra-aware of the vital work they are doing daily to save us and our society,” adds Roger Taylor. “Their bravery and sacrifice must not be prejudiced by anything less than a one hundred per cent effort by our governments to protect them. They are precious to us all and they are truly our champions.”
“It is with the deepest gratitude to all those on the frontline all over the world that we dedicate our performance. Thank you for keeping us safe, we are in awe of your bravery and strength.”
So, it’s been a week after the BBC sent out a heartwarming ‘Times Like These’ cover into the world for charity and being the amazing human that he is, he has sent an email to the staff who were able to make the core happen, thanking them all for their support and for giving him “the chance to be a part of something so much bigger”.
Foo Fighters own Dave and Drummer Taylor Hawkins took part in addition with members from Biffy Clyro, Royal Blood and more to support “the global effort to stay safe and stay home during the coronavirus crisis”. The cover has been climbing the charts since where you can either download or stream it right here to help push it further!
“To all of my friends at the BBC,” he writes.
“What a crazy few months it’s been for all of us. And what an incredible honour to see and hear my song Times Like These transformed by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Allstars for – well, for times like these. The response has been incredible and I wanted to thank you all for your support.
“When my manager first called and explained the project to me, I literally had to fight back tears – that’s how flattered I was that the BBC would consider one of my songs for such an important cause.
“To all those amazing artists who took the time to learn and sing the words that I scribbled on a bit of hotel stationery nearly 20 years ago – I am beyond humbled. You have no idea.
“I hope this new version of the song helps lift people’s spirits a little, and that the proceeds we’re donating to Comic Relief and Children In Need reach as many people affected by COVID-19 as possible.
“Thanks again, for giving me the chance to be a part of something so much bigger. I look forward to the day that we’ll all be back in a muddy field again, singing our hearts out together.
“It’s times like these we learn to live again…”
"To all these amazing artists who took the time to learn and sing the words that I scribbled on a bit of hotel stationary nearly 20 years ago – I am beyond humbled. You have no idea."@FooFighters' Dave Grohl sent a message to everyone at the BBC and we couldn't love him more ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Sn5fiFtTJ3