(from this week's NME)
Paul Weller, Graham Coxon, Supergrass, Dirty Pretty Things, New Young Pony Club, Reverend & The Makers To Rock Against Homelessness Crisis have today announced the line-up of Consequences Live sponsored by Drinkaware.co.uk, the first of two parts of an innovative music campaign that has brought together some of indie rock’s biggest names in a bid to fight homelessness. The all-day gig, at Camden’s Roundhouse on 2nd March ‘08, will see members of the Crisis ‘superband’, collaborating live for the first and only time.Consequences Live is part of a gig/record combo inspired by the parlour game ‘consequences’. Featuring over a dozen artists, including Paul Weller, Beth Ditto, Supergrass, Graham Coxon and The Enemy, each musician contributed to a track without hearing what had gone before or knowing what might come next. Produced by Paul Epworth, the record was built layer by layer to create a rich and dense Phil Spector effect. With driving guitars from The Enemy, a Beach Boys bassline from Andy Rourke (The Smiths), vocals from Weller and Ditto, thumping beats from Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey, and smooth rhythm guitar from Graham Coxon, producer Paul Epworth built the track layer by layer to create a rich Phil Spector effect with a big Motown sound. Crisis’ own homeless members also contributed to the track which is due to be released after the gig in March 2008.The superband was in part put together by Crisis ambassador Pearl Lowe, following the success of the Pudstock benefit gig in January 2007. Consequences Live will see members of the superband – including Paul Weller, Dirty Pretty Things, Graham Coxon, Supergrass, New Young Pony Club, Reverend & The Makers, Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell, The Smiths’ Andy Rourke, Pearl Lowe, Ed Harcourt and The Noisettes - perform a live and exclusive rendition of the track, alongside their own material. These musicians, along with many more – including Crisis’ own homeless members and some yet-to-be-confirmed special acts - will be performing at the all day celebration of the best of indie rock, with doors opening from 1pm. All profits from tickets will go to Crisis. The money raised will go towards supporting Crisis' work with homeless people, including music and arts projects which enable our members to acquire new skills, gain qualifications, and find employment. These, consequently, empower people to transform their lives. Crisis believes that supportive learning and skills projects are essential to help homeless people fulfil their potential and find routes out of homelessness.Consequences is proudly sponsored by Drinkaware the UK’s leading consumer facing responsible drinking charity, whose objectives are to positively change the national drinking culture in order to reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol related harm.Andy Page, Head of Fundraising at Crisis, added: “First and foremost, the track is set to be a piece of musical history and a key creative milestone, not to mention a great tune, from three generations of indie rock’s most respected performers. Consequences Live will be a spectacular event in a venue steeped in musical heritage. Essentially, it boasts a line-up comprised of headliners. Yet crucially, the consequences project as a whole will enable us to help more homeless people to get their lives back on track.”Jean Collingwood CEO said “We are delighted to support Crisis in this exciting and highly innovative fundraising initiative. Many people become homeless as a result of dependency on alcohol and by working together our two charities hope to make young people aware of the consequences of alcohol misuse in order to help prevent dependency and the possibility of homelessness in later life.”For more information visit crisisconsequences.com.