Brighton alt-rockers City of Ashes have announced the details of their new single Sometimes. The track is taken from the bands second album Rise.
Jsut a few months ago, the quartet started The Sometimes Project. The aim being to provide a safe place for fans to talk online about their personal problems and to help combat depression. In just a short space of time, the project has touched hundreds of people, leading to the band gaining funding from The National Lottery for the production of the new video and sponsorship and support from Barclays, The London Eye and The Samaritans.
The track was originally inspired by a fan’s incredible battle with depression and the video is as equally moving and inspirational.
Speaking of the track, vocalist Orion Powell says; “It occurred to us during the recording process that this simple little song had as much to say as anything on our record and that, if it spoke to us this much, perhaps the message was as relevant to others.”
The single and video are set for release on October 10 to coincide with World Mental Health Day to help raise awareness for a condition that is one of the most common in young people, yet still seems taboo and unrecognised. The band have also organised Stand As One, a set of gigs running across the UK on November 19 to try and draw as much attention to the issue as possible. Artists performing at these gigs will also be sharing their own experiences with depression.
The band have some live dates coming up, including the Stand As One;
15th – The Rigger, Stoke
16th – Bantam, Northampton
19th – Magnet, Liverpool
20th – Grand Central, Manchester
21st – Blueberry Hill, Leeds
22nd – Shadow Sound, Glasgow
19th – Barclays Eagle Lab, Brighton (As Part Of The ‘STAND AS ONE’ event)
30th – O2 Academy 2, Islington, London