Tuesday, 1 May 2012

MS Week 2012

For MS Week who better to directly quote than the actual MS Society, please read, please continue helping..


"It’s MS Week! The MS Society has unveiled a report looking into public attitudes to people with long-term disabilities such as MS. In a survey of more than 2,000 people, 1 in 5 thinks disabled people need to accept they cannot have the same opportunities in life as non-disabled people.
Please help us raise awareness and money to support those living with MS to live full and active lives while we search for a cure, by tweeting:
Join the Fightback against multiple sclerosis in MS Week 2012 www.msfightback.org.uk @mssocietyuk #fightback #msweek

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Marissa Nadler - Washington Parks available now




It is with great pleasure I release the 4th cover of my song Washington Parks, this time covered by the wonderful Marissa Nadler... Marissa was one of the first artists to agree to getting involved with my project and therefore part of the reason the project took off and ultimately has been a success. One year later I am now only £175 away from reaching £11,000.. There is a video being made for this version, I will embed here as soon as finished in editing

If any of you have heard Marissa's incredible album "Ballads of living and dying" then you will already know exactly how beautiful her version is...

You can as always download from all main digital outlets (Itunes, Amazon, Last FM etc.) as well as from my bandcamp below.. Remember all profits from sales of all songs on this page go to the MS Society to help beat the fight with Multiple Sclerosis, Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS. It affects two million more.

Marissa Nadler - Washington Parks



My project and Marissa's version featured today on FolkRadio.co.uk which can be read HERE:
Folk Radio UK was also the first radio station to feature my song and play on the radio, both my original version and Marissa's.. Thank You Alex!!!
Folk Radio UK is a leading UK based independent online music magazine and radio station covering a wide range of musical genres including: folk, indie, alternative and experimental music.

Other previous releases of Washington Parks: (all still available from most digital stores / websites)

Ash & We are Scientists - Washington Parks



Ed Harcourt - Washington Parks



Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler - Washington Parks



You can donate directly to the MS Society within my fundraising page linked to my project HERE

Monday, 5 March 2012

Winter hibernation

Since my last post I have been hibernating from the world spending all my time and energy with my family. We didn't have a great end to the year but thankfully 2012  has started with everyone well, happy and out of hospital..

It is amazing how quickly time flies when you are struggling with MS, when it takes such great determination to make it through a single day, before you know it, you blink and 3 months have passed... My MS at the moment has not been great, fatigue is horrendous, every night I sleep with what feels like heavy weights all over, compressing my body, then I wake up feeling like I've drunk a barrel of rum. Fingers crossed there is currently no sign of a relapse heading my way.. I put all this down to my amazing wife Megan and carrot juice.. If you ever wanted to hear my thoughts on how drinking carrot juice has changed my life with MS, well grab a comfy seat cause it will take a while..

In brief.. just drink it..



Lastly, regarding my project and the song Washington Parks, well, I am back...I know I have neglected things, but I am now just waiting for my good friend Adam Rogers to finish off the video for Marissa's version before I release.. Both Adam and I are massive fans of Marissa and felt the release warranted a proper video.. So fingers crossed in the next couple of weeks I will be releasing and hopefully achieving my £11,000 target.. ONLY £275 to go!!!


If you want to purchase early before general release.. you can HERE:







Oh, final final amazing news. My wife Megan and I have been invited to the MS Week reception at the Royal Institution by the MS Society.. I am super excited...

Thank you for all your support

Friday, 30 September 2011

Marissa Nadler

Over the last 6 weeks, soon after the Ash/We are Scientists release (which was, and continues to be an amazing success) my life, time and energy has been nothing but firmly focused on my family, what with my Father and 4 month old baby both finding themselves in hospital, both very unwell... It was during this time, at my lostest ebb I received an email out of the blue from Marissa Nadler, included in the email was a link to the finished version of Washington Parks... What can I say except is it everything i wished for, beautiful, haunting and completely fitting for the situation/mood I was in at the time, and to be honest, am still in..

Ever since the email mentioned above, the health of my Father and son is improving day by day... I have exchange lovely emails with Marissa who has offered incredible words of support, and in her words "It was fate that she sent the song that day, at that time, at my lowest"

Have an advanced listen below, the song will be released end of October, as with all versions of Washington Parks" all profit from any purchase is going to the MS Society to help beat Multiple Sclerosis..

Marissa Nadler - Washington Parks by happymonster

P.s. Check out the special addition on this version of the final verse, from the beginning I have wanted Marissa to add the final verse, something I never got round to recording but was always my intention..

Monday, 15 August 2011

Ash & We Are Scientists - Washington Parks Full digital release!

Finally the song has made it to most, if not all digital sellers, some links are below, if I havent linked, just search in your normal ways from all listed below.. Thank you all if you have already purchased and supported the project through my bandcamp.

Amazon.co.uk HERE
Amazon.com HERE
Itunes UK HERE
Last.fm HERE


















Sunday, 7 August 2011

Ash & We Are Scientists - Washington Parks RELEASED NOW

Quick project recap:

Back in February 2011 I was stuck in traffic listening to my original version of "Washington Parks" when the idea of this project hit me.. I have for a long time wanted to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that I have struggled with for 7 years now, but wanted to do something away from the normal and I really wanted to somehow involve music. After all music has been one the most important factors along with my family that has helped me through the really dark and tough times..

I never thought I would still be blogging in August having raised over £10,000, let alone releasing an Ash & We Are Scientists collaboration as the third major song for my project. The first being Ed Harcourt, the second Emmy the Great.. well here it is. A STEREO collaboration between Ash (left channel) and We Are Scientists (right channel) of "Washington Parks" available now to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis... The song is featured just below, along with a video to the song done by one of my bestest friends Adam Rogers... A MASSIVE thank you to everyone involved who has given their time and help make this happen, most noticably the two awesome bands Tim, Mark, Rick, Keith, Chris & Andy

If you can afford, please help by buying the songs available. All money goes to the MS Society to help fund their vital work in beating MS......

Amazon mp3, Itunes, and all other digital links will appear hopefully this week.



**News articles, blogs etc**

Link to NME.com article HERE
Link to article on Official Ash site HERE
Link to article on Official MS Society site HERE
Link to Blog by Ash Gardner who recorded the AWESOME drums HERE
Link to MS Society Facebook article HERE
Featured in today's (12/08/2011) Guardian newspaper



If, however you do not fancy a song, but would like to help the cause and support my project, you can donate directly to my MS Society fundraising page, right HERE




Picture of Rick and Andy recording the drums for Washington Parks.. Double Drumming!!! Photo from HERE















Interview with Chris Cain (We Are Scientists) taken from examiner.com, interview by Ken Grand-Pierre
Full interview HERE


Examiner:  A couple months ago I got to interview Tim Wheeler of Ash  (Read here: http://randomville.com/wordpress/?p=10311) and I asked him about the possibilities of Ash and We Are Scientists (AKA WASH) to record or tour a track. He said it’s very likely the next thing Ash will release is a WASH track so any word on that?

Chris:  We actually recorded a single which is going to come out soon. It won’t be too long until it’s out and it’s for a charity in England called the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It’s a cover of a song called “Washington Parks” by  Happy Monster (Robert Manning) but its pretty sweet. The concept of the song is that if you listen to it on headphones or stereo the musicians of Ash are on the left channel and all the We Are Scientists guys are playing it in the right channel. We’re playing the same song essentially but in different ways.
I’m not playing the same bass line as Mark and Rick isn’t playing the same drum pattern as Andy. I think Keith and Tim sing the same thing but in a different sort of harmony. What’s interesting especially is that not only do we have a unison feel going on but you can also take off one headphone and hear one band and vice versa.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Ash & We Are Scientists - Washington Parks

Song to be released Monday, fully equipt with awesome video.. check back here Monday!