Acclaimed sound engineer Michael Brennan has persuaded a host of famous friends to join him in raising funds in support of local charities.
James Yorkston, Faith No More keyboard player Roddy Bottum, recently-reformed Edinburgh legends The Zephyrs, Andy MacFarlane out of The Twilight Sad (as Hug Tv Chu), Jimmy Murrison of Nazareth (as part of The Speedie Ducks), and Mark Crozer from The Jesus and Mary Chain are among the acts who have contributed to the 25-track downloadable long player, writing, recording or mixing their tracks during lockdown.
The release came about when Brennan, whose client list includes the likes of Snow Patrol, Mogwai, Primal Scream and Idlewild, was left unable to work due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
With an imminent stint doing sound for Faith No More on their US and European tour canceled and his Rosyth-based Substation studio closed to recording bands, he instead began work on ‘House Music Volume C-19’, as a fundraiser for homelessness charity Frontline Fife and Fife Women’s Aid.
Speaking to the Fife Courier, he said “We’ve been forced to stay in our nice houses, recording music on expensive computers, and the reality is that there are people who don’t have a house and people in houses who don’t want to be there.
“I’m very close to Roddy from Faith No More and was just talking to him, and he was doing the same thing, recording music in his house. I spoke to a few other people and that’s how it happened.”
FNM keyboard player Bottum added: “It’s the marginalised communities that will suffer the most in the face of the virus and this is why we want to help the Fife homeless and Fife Women’s Aid as we move forward towards a better place.
“Coming together as a community of artists and musicians who have been hit hard to help another marginalised community of homeless who have been hit harder feels like a blessing of an opportunity.”