Stream new tracks from Sass Dragons, Deforesters, Sic Waiting, Up For Nothing, Skipjack, Western Settings and more off new benefit comp (free download)

When you’ve been writing for zines as long as I have its not surprising that you end up with a lot of great friends in a lot of killer bands. The friendships I’ve made have been the best thing about doing what I do, and last year I decided to use my privileges for a greater good by putting out a benefit comp for the SPCA featuring a bunch of great music by a lot of punk bands I’m proud to call my friends. After its success I made a commitment to release a new compilation for charity every year and this year’s comp is for Suicide Prevention, an issue that is close to home for me because I suffer from depression.

Today I’m proud to present the compilation “Hope: A Compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention” which features great punk bands from across the globe and includes unreleased songs by  Sass Dragons, Deforesters, Sic Waiting, Up For Nothing,  Skipjack, Western Settings, Poor Me and more. You can stream the compilation and track list below and download it for a pay-what-you-want donation on bandcamp.

All proceeds go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The organization was created to raise awareness, offer support, fund research and call for action in regard to advancing a national response to the problem of suicide. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.7 million, or 18.6%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the second leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.  The goal of this compilation is to expose bands I love to a wider audience, while donating to a good cause. In addition to giving people solid tunes to listen to and donating money to charity, I wish to open up a dialog and help those struggling feel less alone. Please go download the record. If you feel inclined, throw some cash to the charity by donating.

1. Off With Their Heads – Sorrow (Bad Religion)
2. Night Birds – Blank Eyes
3. Poor Me – I’m No Superman*
4. The Penske File – Bedroom Angels
5. Up For Nothing – Swindled*
6. Sass Dragons – Downers Grove*
7. Deforesters – Is This A God Damn?*
8. Dwayne – I’ma Goin’ To Hell
9. Midrake – Eternal Jetlag
10. Break Anchor – I’m Sorry
11. Decent Criminal – Vacant
12. Justin Courtney Pierre (Motion City Soundtrack) – Everything That Hurts
13. Sic Waiting – A Red House and Bones*
14. Spraynard – Trembling
15. Antarctigo Vespucci – Hooray For Me
16. Plow United – These Six Words
17. Trophy Lungs – Bathroom Graffiti*
18. Assassinate The Scientist – Lorenzo Never Made It
19. The Timmys – Life is a Game
20. The Shell Corporation – Organize the Committee (For Public Safety)
21. Hit The Switch – An Unreachable Bitter Paradise
22. Wince – Bottom of the Barrel
23. Western Settings – Champion Schizo*
24. Billy Liar – All I’ve Got
25. Gutterbird – Philly
26. Triggers – Prairie Resilient
27. Skinny Genes – Comfortably Dumb
28. Bet Your Life – Oceans
29. Grease Thieves – Threw it Away
30. The Ativans – Jimmy’s Lunchbox
31. Remnants – Callister Original
32. Sketchy – Whiskey Nostalgia
33. Wasted Potential – Sleeveless in Seattle
34. Open Letters -The Shape Of Complaint Rock To Come
35. Safety – Ultraviolet Light
36. Black Dots – Consensual and Wonderful
37. Bracket – Habit
38. Sundressed – Dig up a Miracle
39. The Bruce Lee Band – Occupy The Love
40. Positive Junk – Autocracy
41. Jeff Rosenstock – Nausea
42. Allout Helter – Ruins
43. Strike Twelve – The Poison
44. Skipjack – Something to Believe In*
45. The Decline – I Don’t Believe
46. Local Resident Failure – Old Skool
47. Spoilers – All For One
48. Clowns – Never Enough
49. PEARS – Terrible
50. Driven Fear – Yatala Drive
51. Science Made Us Robots – Today
52. Science Made Us Robots – Headphones
53. The Burnt Tapes – South to Motherboy*
54. No Weather Talks – Any City’s Song
55. Remainders – Slow Quitter
56. Anchor – Upstream
57. The Offseason – I’ll Never Leaver
58. Widows Watch – Blackened Heart
59. Survay Says – Turn the Page, Wash Your Hand
60. Stuck Out Here – Pass The Time
61. One Armed Joey – Timelines.
62. Posers – Nothing
63. After The Fall – Thomas Philbrick
64. Stabbed In Back – More Songs About Drinking and Blood
65. Flirting With Disaster – Anything But Sane
66. Head Injuries – Famous
67. Resistors – Wasting Away
68. Build Them To Break – Part of the Process
69. Spanish Love Songs – Remainder
70. Caskitt – Lackluster
71. Not Scientists – We’re Given No Options
72. Caffiends – Gods No Decaf
73. Shared Arms – Lit-Up Bathtub Mary
74. Burn Burn Burn – Maps of Brick Walls
75. Russian Girlfriends – I Prefer Pitbulls to People
76. Postscript – Right For Me
77. Castoff – True Wealth
78. The Brass (OR) – Oblivion
79. Head Honcho – The Tragedy of Nostalgia
80. Overseas – Future Plans

All tracks with an asterisk placed next to them are previously unreleased songs.

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