For many, the month of January is far more than just a hangover from Christmas and New Year excess – it’s a time of year when loneliness is felt the most: these are the faceless souls who Captain of the Lost Waves wants to both reach out to and give a voice.
London based band, Chasing Deer, with a surging social media following, are joining the movement with their new project and album, ‘Hands On’. Chasing Deer are holding a special album launch show, November 22 at London’s Bush Hall, aimed at a completely inclusive audience of both hearing and deaf people.
Too often we view depression and mental health from a negative standpoint, and it’s easy to typecast the condition as one of weakness and vulnerability. London King is out to smash that misconception along with the negative stigma looming around mental health. Her coming EP is a statement that mental health problems are nothing to feel ashamed of, like any other illness, depression is a condition that can affect anyone, at anytime including the strong.
The life of Geraldine Elliott feels like a work of fiction, with every combination of heartache and achievement; it epitomises the strength of a woman who went from being profoundly deaf as a child, to discovering sound after an operation in her early twenties that ignited her love of music in a way no-one who has always been able to hear could possibly imagine.
It was the late MP Jo Cox’s Commission on Loneliness in 2017 that inspired Toni Castells, a composer and professor, to write ‘Hhumann X’ – a piece which is basically an exploration of the paradox of growing social isolation at a time of technological hyper-connectedness.
For the debut performance Toni is collaborating with More Than Just A Choir, a community choir based in North London that works with people suffering from mental illness and social isolation – not only exploring the issue of loneliness but directly tackling its cause.
On Wednesday 10th October, #IAMWHOLE, Jordan Stephens and YMCA are launching the movement, #WHOLEHOUR, that encourages people to take an hour out of their day (preferably midday to 1pm) on World Mental Health Day to do something to support their mental wellbeing.
In our latest podcast, Phil Dolan talks about the inspirations behind his new business, Mandocello, a forthcoming app (Rate My Day) that will be aimed a helping people with mental health issues to plan their day, and ultimately prioritise things that make them happy. Is currently the manager for Hull-based guitar shop, Antone’s, so we discuss the transition he went through in starting his own business, as well as his advice for people who want to build a start-up, and make it work.
In this recent interview with Soundsphere magazine, Music Promoter Dan Milligan discusses overcoming his own disabilities (moderate learning disabilities, an eye condition called Keratoconus, an arm condition called Radioulnar Synostosis, alongside anxiety and depression), alongside using a Community Centre as a viable gig venue to host rock and metal acts.
After recently announcing that their new album ‘Darkness Rains’ is set for release on Oct 5th via Suicide Squeeze Records, Los Angeles doom boogie/dystopian punk/occult glam rockers Death Valley Girls have shared a new single and video entitled ‘More Dead’ (more…)