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.