Today's bombing of the Boston Marathon has depressed me immensely. When I first saw the photographs my initial reaction was that it was a photoshop. My brain couldn't comprehend that areas I've walked past on regular occasions could possibly be bombed. In an attempt to combat all this negativity with a positive project, I figured it was time to unearth a benefit comp that has been in the works for a while.
About a month ago a friend of mine named Jeff Bernoth, better known to some as the guitarist for Boston-area punk band Yo Ticonderoga, lost his mother to brain cancer. Jeff organized a benefit show to help with some of his family's costs, and I brought up the idea of doing a comp so that the bands that wanted to help, but couldn't make the show, could donate a song.
The benefit show was one of the most heartwarming things I've been to, a mix of young punks, and middle aged biker friends of Jeff's parents, truly celebrating Mrs. Bernoth's life through music and fundraising raffles. Through the fundraising and an online donation page (for which one person alone anonymously gave $3,000) the family was able to help cover a lot of the medical and funeral costs.
The benefit comp is coming together, and Jeff has asked that the proceeds now go to both a brain cancer charity and to victims of today’s attacks. There are still a few bands I'm waiting to confirm, but here is the lineup so far, I think it's a good mix of various bands across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island:
Big D and The Kids Table
Brunt of It
The Fake Boys
Great Lakes USA
The New Warden
The majority of the songs are rare or unreleased tracks, and a great artist from Odium Comix is currently working on the artwork. The final product is going to be mastered to sound level by Jay Duguay at Project Sound Studios and will be released for download on bandcamp by early May. The comp is titled "This Is New England: A 100% Benefit Comp", and as the title implies, every last penny raised from it will go to the aforementioned charitable causes. Stay tuned for more details, and stay safe.