Inclusive rock band The Fridays have teamed up with singer Phil Campbell to release their debut single ‘Get Out Your Head’.
The track was recorded at The Scottish Youth Theatre by Hugh Holton and mixed by Gavin Thomson. In aid of the musicALL charity, can be purchased via Bandcamp as well as the usual outlets.
The ten-piece band was formed 11 years ago by members Adam and Matthew, and are made up of young adults with disabilities, alongside fellow musicians, tutors and volunteers.
The group is part of musicALL, an inclusive music charity delivering music opportunities for children and young people with learning disabilities.
Over the years, The Fridays have collaborated with some of Scotland’s best singer songwriters including singer-songwriter Findlay Napier and Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross, who is also musicALL’s patron.
In early 2020, the band took part in a songwriting project with singer Phil Campbell – formerly of The Temperance Movement and The Byson Family – the result being ‘Get Out Your Head’.
Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross, musicALL’s patron, says of the band: “I have loved getting to know and listen to The Fridays. Some of the best times have been when we have had the chance to play music together.
“I’m delighted they have ventured out into writing new songs for themselves. I defy anyone not to feel the world is a better place after listening to Get Out Your Head.”
Campbell said of the project: “I got involved with musicALL through friends. I loved it immediately and wanted to be part of the team.
“I’m also a songwriter and The Fridays really wanted to collaborate on a few songs, but I got much more than that and I fell in love with the charity.”
The Fridays have previously gigged at Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival and The Glad Cafe, but their performance with Phil Campbell received a standing ovation after performing ‘Get Out Your Head’ live for the first time to a sold-out crowd at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections 2020.
Gerard Simpson, keyboard player in The Fridays, said: “We worked so hard on this track before lockdown, and I am really pleased that it is being released now. I can’t wait to hear it and I hope everyone enjoys it!”
More at musicallscotland.uk.