Like many small businesses across the globe, West Midlands gig promoters Surprise You’re Dead Music have been heavily affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – all of their shows have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future and last week they launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise fund to see them through this difficult time.
In response to Surprise You’re Dead’s struggles, the West Midlands rock and metal community of bands has come together to release a special compilation.
Everything’s Ruined was released, Friday 27 March, via Bandcamp. It features 20 local artists and all money raised will go direct to the Surprise You’re Dead fundraiser.
The compilation has been put together by heavy rock duo Chapter Nineteen, whose brand new, as-yet-untitled, single is the opening track.
Chapter Nineteen’s singer/guitarist Dave Musson is a long-time friend of Surprise You’re Dead and supporter of the West Midlands heavy music scene; he ran Dave’s World Podcast from 2016-2018, a weekly show that celebrated local bands.
Dave said: “Surprise You’re Dead are one of the most important parts of our local scene; if you’re in a rock or metal band, you will almost certainly want to play one of their shows, while if you’re a fan of heavy music then you’ve probably attended their events too. It’s vital that they’re able to get through the next few months so that, when it’s safe to have gigs again, Birmingham and the West Midlands can go back to having incredible shows for us all to enjoy. If putting this compilation out can help in any way, then it’s definitely been worth it.”
As well as helping to raise funds for Surprise You’re Dead, the compilation is a celebration of the talent found in the local scene. A range of genres are covered across the 20 tracks; from rock and metal, with bits of punk, hardcore, post-rock and even a bit of drone too.
Dave added:”If ever you wanted to know how highly regarded Surprise You’re Dead are in our local scene, you only need to look at the response to this compilation; in less than two days I had 20 acts agree to take part – some have played a Surprise You’re Dead show in the past, some haven’t, but everyone appreciates what a positive impact they’ve had on our scene and want to help them out.
“I know it’s an uncertain time, but if people can afford to buy this compilation and help support Surprise You’re Dead I’d be really happy. Not only that, you might just discover your new favourite band!”
The compilation Everything’s Ruined is available from https://chapter19band.bandcamp.com/album/everythings-ruined.
It costs £5 with all profits going to Surprise You’re Dead Music.
- Chapter Nineteen – New Song (Lockdown Mix)
- Ill Vision – Chaser
- Black Coast – Break the Routine
- Ashen Crown – Ultimatum
- SUE – Gotta Gotta Gotta
- Pelugion – Bane of Humanity
- Outlander – Threadbare
- Face Up – In the Dark
- Second Cities – Broken Lung
- Cauldron – …When Goodbyes Ring Like Gunshots
- This Burning Age – Disappeared
- Broken Looking Glass – Seventh Resident
- Netherhall – Distant
- Dead Hands – Challenge TV
- Secrets of Mariana – No Escape
- Recall the Remains – First Inversion
- Splintered – Ultimate Power
- When the Wolf Comes Home – Business in the Front Knife in the Back
- Oldernar – Collective Frequencies
- Forty Barrel Bull – My Body is an Atlas